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Now, this tea surprised me a little in how much I liked it. Mostly because it’s pure Ceylon. I bought it somewhat on a whim, wanting to get something in addition to the Steepster Select from LeafSpa, and I was intrigued by the single garden, biodynamic, nature of this one. It reminds me a bit of Golden Moon’s Sinharaja (also Ceylon, so that makes sense), but less delicate, more strongly flavored. Lingering, rich fruity aftertaste. I’m still experimenting with getting a good second steep out of this one – if I do, I’ll up the rating.

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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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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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