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I can’t believe that I forgot about this tea, I’ve barely used any of it! Used a heaping teaspoon and a bit extra leaves in a gaiwan, steeped for 20 seconds with 190 degree water. As I was pouring the water over the leaves it started to fill the room with an amazing aroma that reminds me of when I used to go camping in Pennsylvania. The first sip of the tea starts with the a very mild, creamy smokiness that gradually transitions into raw sugar flavor. The mouth-feel also changes to the really fantastic mineral sensation that Wuyi teas are famous for, which was very pleasant. This is truly a rare find, and I can’t wait to see how it develops.

The second cup was preapred with 200 degree water and steeped for about 8 seconds. I was actually amazined, this time it tasted exactly like the subtle roast Zheng Shan Xaio Zhong I got from Verdant last year. That was an amazing tea, and for this to have ascended to that level put this the top 5 teas I’ve ever had. Wow. Anyway, the difference in taste is that this was a little darker, and there is more of the Wuyi flavor profile present. The tea is also sweeter and a bit less creamy, but everything fits together so well that talking about the individual flavors really doesn’t do the tea justice. I kinda wish I had another bag of this.

Flavors: Cream, Mineral, Pine

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 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.

Just for the heck of it, my other interests include classical musics (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, Debussy, Shostakovitch, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Wagner, to name a few composers). I also have a fondness for a bit more modern music, like The Beatles, all Jazz (by all, I really do mean all), Gorillaz (I love Demon Days), and a couple of Indie artists you will never run across unless you play a lot of semi obscure Indie games. Also, I love cats.

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