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I’m brewing this tea Grandpa style – which I’ve never tried – but am definitely enjoying it. I’m having a hard time describing the flavor of this tea. There is a definite light mineral taste with a hint of wood. I also taste some floral aspects which remind me of a greener oolong. But while I’m not sure about the flavors, I am really enjoying this tea prepared in this manner.

ashmanra

What is Grandpa style?

mpierce87

Well, I may not be using the correct term – but I mean it as putting tea leaves in the bottom of a cup, filling with water and then refilling as the cup gets low while keeping the leaves in the cup for the entire time. I thought it would become bitter, but I haven’t noticed that yet and I’m on my 3rd cup.

ashmanra

I guess that is the same principal as using a gaiwan. I just hadn’t heard it called that!

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ashmanra

What is Grandpa style?

mpierce87

Well, I may not be using the correct term – but I mean it as putting tea leaves in the bottom of a cup, filling with water and then refilling as the cup gets low while keeping the leaves in the cup for the entire time. I thought it would become bitter, but I haven’t noticed that yet and I’m on my 3rd cup.

ashmanra

I guess that is the same principal as using a gaiwan. I just hadn’t heard it called that!

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Formally known as mrawlins2

I am a former coffee drinker turned tea lover.

Black tea is probably my favorite type of tea, but I rather enjoy most types… I’m even developing a taste for pu-erh.

Rating Scale:
0-10: This tea is either flavorless or just plain undrinkable. I will avoid these teas in the future.

11-20: I was only able to make it through a few sips before pouring the tea out.

21-30: I may have been able to make it through the first cup but the thought of having another has me cringing.

31-40: Teas in this range are not horrible, but nothing I would seek out in the future.

41-60: Would drink if offered, but would not purchase for myself.

61-70: Okay, nothing special

71-80: Enjoyable, but I have to be in the mood for these. Probably would purchase if I found a really great price.

81-90: Pretty good tea, will probably be one of my favorites.

91-95: These teas are really excellent. I wouldn’t necessarily run out and buy more of these (just because there are so many teas out there that I haven’t tried), but I would miss this tea.

96-99: Terrific, very impressive.

100: This special rating is reserved for teas that are absolutely perfect in my opinion. I will only give out a rating of 100 to one tea per category (Earl Grey, unflavored black, dessert tea, Irish Breakfast, etc). These are teas that I really want to have around.

Perfect Teas so Far:

Earl Grey: Saint Isaac’s Blend (Russian Earl Grey) from Upton

Dessert Tea: Marco Polo from Mariage Freres

Unflavored Black: Emperor’s Red from Premium Steap

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Texas

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