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Oh this is tasty. I think I might have oversteeped it a little, but that’s my error. It’s.. sweet, and savory, and just much more complex and flavorful than I expected somehow. A Chinese black, clearly, but I’m not sure what region this is from, and don’t have quite enough experience to guess. Yunnan, maybe? Lovely little golden tips in with the black leaves, anyway; I’ll enjoy playing with this one

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SoccerMom

TeaBird, According to Thia the Tea Master at The Path of Tea this tea won black tea of the year. Wish I could give you more details but I couldn’t find the info on her website but she had all the information in shop when I made the purchase (a couple months ago).

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It’s alright – it’ll be fun to do some comparison tastings and try to guess where it’s from :) I’m not surprised it won tea of the year though – very good!

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SoccerMom

TeaBird, According to Thia the Tea Master at The Path of Tea this tea won black tea of the year. Wish I could give you more details but I couldn’t find the info on her website but she had all the information in shop when I made the purchase (a couple months ago).

teabird

It’s alright – it’ll be fun to do some comparison tastings and try to guess where it’s from :) I’m not surprised it won tea of the year though – very good!

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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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