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Mmm the smell of the dry leaf is quite heady – full of malt and almost boozy. The leaves are black and gold, small, twisty and dusted with orange dust.

Steeped, this smells delicious – lots of sweet potato. The flavour is more interesting than I was anticipating. Sweet potato, malt, sweetness and a hint of smoke that melds with the sweetness to create a rich fruity taste, reminiscent of dates and very ripe plums.

The mouth feel is quite smooth, only the faintest drying sensation that appears about half way through the cup. Medium heavy body.

Sipping this one fairly cool too.

God, I love Chinese black teas. So so good.

Flavors: Alcohol, Dates, Malt, Plums, Smoke, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dexter

MMMMmmmmmmmm Me too love Chinese blacks, and I think Fujian black are my favorite of them. :))

Anlina

I will need to pass some of this on to you.

Dexter

Once you get caught up/organized – will set something up – I’ve added more blacks to my cupboard (and I’ve got more here that I haven’t entered) LOL – don’t want to explode your cupboard, but I have lots I think you’d like. :))

Ubacat

Boozy sounds good! My favs are the Fujian ones too.

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Dexter

MMMMmmmmmmmm Me too love Chinese blacks, and I think Fujian black are my favorite of them. :))

Anlina

I will need to pass some of this on to you.

Dexter

Once you get caught up/organized – will set something up – I’ve added more blacks to my cupboard (and I’ve got more here that I haven’t entered) LOL – don’t want to explode your cupboard, but I have lots I think you’d like. :))

Ubacat

Boozy sounds good! My favs are the Fujian ones too.

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I grew up drinking jasmine green tea with meals, but really fell in love with tea on a trip to Britain in elementary school. My first great love was Earl Grey, and I still adore it and all its variants.

I discovered the beauty of loose leaf tea much later, when, on impulse, I picked up a few teas that were on clearance at a home store. My introduction to loose leaf teas were Masala Chai and Provence Rooibos by the Metropolitan Tea Co and an unknown brand of kukicha and gyokuro (little did I know what a precious treasure I’d stumbled onto with that.)

At the time I was lucky to live in a place with multiple tea shops and several places to have afternoon tea, which is a delight I still miss.

Tea is part of my daily ritual and a nice, affordable way to appease the collector in me.

I enjoy distinctive whites, greens and oolongs, flavoured blacks, and herbals that are heavy on the citrus, lavender or mint.

Rating rubric, to give myself some consistency:
0-15 Yuck, not even drinkable.
16-30 Disappointing, not really inclined to give it a second try.
31-45 Disappointing, but maybe there’s potential? Worth one more try, prepped differently.
46-60 Mediocre, not terrible but not memorable.
61-75 Not bad. I’ll definitely finish what I have and might buy again.
76-90 Very enjoyable. Tasty, complex, it’ll keep me coming back.
91-100 BEST! I love everything about it and I will drink it forever.

Beyond tea, I’m a sex educator, polyamory activist, and radical queer. I love backwoods camping, abstract painting, baking & cooking, nail polish, cats, ceramic sculpture, and home nesting.

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Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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