I ordered this as a way to give regular gunpowder green a “second chance” to redeem itself. Pingshui green has been a bit of an enigma to my palate, as I don’t like the metallic-copper aftertaste, but I keep reminding myself that it’s perhaps just a matter of finding the right grade, or adjusting the way I steep it.
This time I decided to try it blended with mint, and I’m pleasantly surprised. The smoky-mixed-with-copper aftertaste isn’t there, it’s smoother, and the spearmint makes it a great calming/evening topper.
I have pics and a bit more detail at my homepage http://bit.ly/qyO6mz but I can definitively say this has maybe turned the tide for me on gunpowder green. I’ll be keeping it in my cupboard.

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Still fairly new to the life-long process of learning and appreciating tea. Got into loose leaf a number of years ago after health concerns cut soda and sugared drinks from my repertoire. I’ve been blogging about and exploring tea more in-depth for the past several years and I just plain enjoy it. I keep an eye out for French tea trends as well, so if you parlez, bienvenue!

My ratings tend to fall into these categories:

I don’t bother discussing teas that I wouldn’t recommend to other folks on some level. Not worth drinking, not worth wasting time, so you won’t see many yellow light scores from me. I will, however, post if a tea is marketed as something it’s not. There are a couple of examples in my tea log.

50-70’s : Fair. Either a quality or grade issue or perhaps not suited to my personal preference. Wouldn’t turn it down if it were a gift, but wouldn’t purchase it for myself.

80’s: Good teas. Enjoyable and well-crafted, but maybe some slight room for improvement or maybe a notch below another of the same type that I’ve tried. Would buy again if the price were reasonable.

90’s: Excellent teas. My personal favorites that I’ve fallen in love with and have been surprised by.

I don’t know that I’ve ever rated a 100, which is why the 80’s and 90’s are more representative of the teas I like and would recommend. A 96 is just about perfect.



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