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Another one of my RtR samples.

This tea was interesting, in that it’s a black tea, yet it has a delicate flowery and interesting spicy tastes. Even stranger, it does in fact smell a bit like evergreens. The flavor is sweet, with a bit of astringency, but that will probably disappear during the next steeping.

The second infusion lost the astringency of the first, and gained a more complex flavor due to the flavors starting to harmonize, for lack of a better term. The different flavors actually mix together, where previously the spiciness was apparent first, followed by the flowery flavors. This tea is really starting to remind me of Yabao.

The third infusion is pretty much the same as the second, but it has gotten a bit sweeter. The forth infusion saw the end of the spiciness, leaving a slightly flowery, sweet tea. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still very good, but it has lost the unique qualities that made it stand out.

The bottom line is that this is a tea with a complex and unique flavor, and one that would probably last for 6 infusions if you really wanted to keep steeping it for that long.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I am a university student, studying Computer Science, who found that I really enjoy a nice cup of tea. I finally got into loose-leaf tea in August of 2011. I am currently in the process of expanding my horizons, and have found that I have a particular fondness for Oolongs in general, and Wuyi Yanchas in particular. The unique mineral taste is very appealing to me, as well as a nice Sencha. More recently, I’ve developed a taste for Sheng puerh, white tea, and black teas. The only things I’ve tried that I didn’t like was Shu puerh, but that might have been because it was quite young. Regardless, I’ve been slowly expanding my horizons, so if you have any recommendations, please feel free to send me a PM.

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