I got my sample in, so here’s my notes and thoughts. The initial smell is a mix between okra still on the branch and super glue. I’m not going to lie, the smell of the leaves and first steep made me want to vomit. The initial taste also made me want to vomit (sorry… I know), but I also don’t like “green foods”. Because of the reviews, I couldn’t give it up… I wanted to see where it’d take me. The first steep was gross, and I hated every moment of it, so I’ll just skip to the second steep (third including the wash) for the review. So from here on, I’m going to forget everything else about the tea and pretend it’s my first sip ;)…

The following is a composite break-down of one sip

Initial: Very thin… crisp. This is far from bold in every way. Don’t take this the wrong way- it’s still VERY flavorful. I would say that if I had to name any faults in the initial taste it’d be that it’s TOO fresh (is this actually possible!?)… but it may be that it’s just not oxidized to my preference.

Apex: I feel the apex is a bit anticlimactic. Did I say anticlimactic? I think I meant that the “Initial” taste was so “in your face” that it can only go down-hill. There is a buttery taste that parabolas itself into the picture. It’s a welcome addition to the flavor.

Lingering Taste: The oddest thing happens right here. The flavors seem to split up. The low-notes are a very obvious oolong that’s VERY pleasant. The high-notes are something I’d compare to a wad of grass and is repulsive. With these combined tastes you have this weird effect of a pretty descent and unusual linger. One part of me really does want to say it taste bad, but with the good? I just can’t. It’s like walking on a very very scary trail on a stormy day… surrounded by bare shaking trees with the wind howling and random animal sounds in the distance…….. but then out of nowhere a beam of light breaks through the clouds and lights up the most beautiful flower you’ve ever seen- for this split moment you forget about everything else…. it’s so beautiful and you want that moment to last forever. Yeah it’s a lot like that lol.

Final Exhale: Right back to square one. Sweet green okra smell and taste. It’s a nonchalant reminder of the loves and hates that I just experienced.

I can’t deny that this is the most unusual tea that I’ve ever tasted. It’s epic in a literal sense, and I can’t say that I enjoy it or hate it or anything. It’s almost an experience really… like reading a story. I wish I could say that I hate it so I’d never have to taste some of it’s notes again, but I also want to say that I love it more than any other tea because of the wonderful notes it showed me. I don’t feel like I should rate it based on everything I’ve tasted… if I did it’d be about half way because I’d want to rate it a 100 and a 1 at the same time lol. Take that how you want. I do think that being a supertaster has drastically affected my thoughts on the sweeter greener high-notes, so if you like green foods and teas, then I’d definitely recommend this tea in a heartbeat.

Outside of flavor and aroma, I feel I should comment on the quality. These leaves are TOP-NOTCH. They opened up at least 500% of the initial size with no loose stems or dust. I made this tea in my 4oz yixing and had absolutely no rogue dust or particles- I think that says a lot.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec
SunnyinNY

Wonks, I love reading truly honest reviews. Thanks for this one. I really admire your writing style too. Very well thought out.

Wonks

Thanks Sunny. I’m actually terrible at writing, so I think that I over-compensate in these notes lol.

ScottTeaMan

Tea loos very high quality & delicious! Great review.

Tony Gebely

thanks for this bad-ass post on my tea Wonks!

Wonks

No problem Tony! I have high expectations from your company now so I can’t wait to order some more varieties from you ;).

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SunnyinNY

Wonks, I love reading truly honest reviews. Thanks for this one. I really admire your writing style too. Very well thought out.

Wonks

Thanks Sunny. I’m actually terrible at writing, so I think that I over-compensate in these notes lol.

ScottTeaMan

Tea loos very high quality & delicious! Great review.

Tony Gebely

thanks for this bad-ass post on my tea Wonks!

Wonks

No problem Tony! I have high expectations from your company now so I can’t wait to order some more varieties from you ;).

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I am a supertaster (genetically), so this is why a lot of my reviews may seem weird.

I’m a musician, nerd, gamer, audiophile, and a collector of wonderfully exotic flashlight :].

Ratings are as followed…

NO RATING: I try some teas outside of my ‘norm’, and I try to stay neutral… some teas I simply don’t like, and I try to rate based on quality, not preferences (this is very hard). If I can’t come to a conclusion it’s because I feel it’s outside of my realm of experience with that type of tea, and I don’t feel like I can adequately rate the tea. I’ll give my thoughts on it, but I wouldn’t want to taint the rating system in place for the tea.

1-30: I bought these teas because the packages looked awesome, but fool me once, shame on you tea company.

31-50: Meh, usually cheap product that yields poor tea. Anything in this rating is like comparing ramen to high-end cuisine. I expect teas at the super market to fall within this range by default (though that’s not always the case).

51-70: These teas are usually teas that don’t meet my expectations based on that type of tea. Think Lipton… not the worst by far, but far from the best. Sometimes I’ll give teas within this rating a second chance. I’ll also finish off any tea within this rating (usually).

71-90: These are great. If you were to offer me a cup of tea within this rating, I’d never turn it down. Sure, the lower 70’s aren’t the best, but neither is 90. C’mon, it’s fun, could be worse, and it’s there… so why not!? Some of these teas I actually keep in stock because they can be a great price:quality ratio! (I’m poor… v_v)

91-99: This is good stuff. This is like eating at a fancy restaurant that gives you parsley as a side because it’s the second half of your meal. These teas are generally out of my normal price-range, but not always. A tea within this score MUST meet and exceed all expectations within that tea’s norm. All ingredients must be fresh (or aged properly), potent, and a perfect text-book example of the sub-type.

100: This number is the golden number. 100 is reserved for prime examples, and it’s rare. I expect teas that hit this number to set a new standard… “raise the bar” if you will. If I have rated a type of tea 100, and a new tea comes along that I think is better… the old tea will be bumped down and the new tea will take it’s place as 100 (only within it’s type). 100 is a wonderful number if you’re a tea.

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