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drank Four Seasons by Samovar
403 tasting notes

Pale green color, intensely floral aroma. Texture in the mouth is light, but also buttery and rich; I’m having trouble tasting more than that past the floral aroma, at the moment. I’ll try to update as it cools.

leaves rinsed briefly with boiling water, 1tsp, 4oz, steep times: :45, 1:15, 1:15, 5+

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 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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