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drank Wuyishan Black by Steepster
1885 tasting notes

With my first sip I realized that this tea is like nothing else I have ever tried. It has an earthy flavor to it, that reminds me of good quality pu-erh, yet still manages to be quite different. Once I moved past that I immediately noticed the deep smoke notes. They aren’t nearly as strong as Lapsang Souchong and instead remind me more of Keemun. I’ve moved away from drinking smoke teas lately, I just don’t enjoy them as much as I once did, but this one stands out from the others that I have tried. Behind the smoke flavor of this black tea lurks a tartness, almost reminiscent of sour cherries. It isn’t immediately noticeable, but every once-in-awhile the flavor peaks through followed up by a hint of caramel-like sweetness.

You can read the rest of the review over on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/1/28/tuesday-tea-wuyishan-black-steepster-select.html

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Butiki, Della Terra, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Verdant, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

Ingredients I’m on the fence about:
Pu-erh

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Allergies
Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

Teawares:
FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea

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Oregon, WI

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