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drank Red Jade by Eco-Cha Artisan Teas
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Take 2!

Brewing the second pack of this at home, in a 5oz gaiwan. Measured the dry leaf first this time – almost 5 grams! That would definitely explain why 3 minutes in 8oz water seemed like too much last time.

This is really really good. I’m on steep 8 now, I think, starting to lose track of the number. It’s rich, and honeyed, a little like an Assam, a little like a Darjeeling (but not quite as floral, more spicy). There’s some astringency, but not in a bad way – it provides a nice counter to the thick mouthfeel.

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Callipygian

Thanks for sharing your experience Teabird! I had a similar response to this tea as you first reported. Will have to try Gongfu.

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Callipygian

Thanks for sharing your experience Teabird! I had a similar response to this tea as you first reported. Will have to try Gongfu.

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Some notes on ratings:

I’d have separate rating scales for tea types if that were possible (probably Black, Flavored Black, Darjeeling/Dark Oolong, White/Green/Light Oolong, and Herbal) because the flavors and quality markers are just too different. A flavored black rated 100 isn’t better than every oolong I’ve ever drunk, just delicious for a flavored black.

Ratings are a combination of my enjoyment and the perceived quality – I do often demote teas a few points for artificial flavorings, small quantity of steeps supported, or weakness of flavor (requiring extra leaf).

I pay less attention to the number than the order of my ratings; I don’t necessarily keep a stock of everything rated 80+, but if two breakfast blends are rated 82 and 84 I consistently enjoy the 84 more.

And in case it’s not obvious? I am not an expert. I don’t even know what I like until I taste it sometimes, but I’m ok with that :) I like learning to like new teas, as well as enjoying the comfort of familiar ones.

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