A free sample. Thank you AprTea! Also, it was my first yellow tea ever, so some of my observations could be not tea-specific but rather a result of my first yellow tea encounter.

This tea had one of the most alluring and strong dry leaf aromas I encountered so far: full of guava, melon, honey and pomegranate. The appearance was also impressive – the main photograph used in the tea’s Steepster account describes it well.

I prepared it both gong fu and Western style at 175 degrees, and the short gong fu steeps were decidedly better. It has a very creamy mouthfeel, with the honey, herbs, spice, spinach, and tropical fruit flavors. A bit of nuttiness as well. Overall, it is a very cheerful tea that put a smile on my face. Western style felt a bit thin,and longer or second/third gaiwan steeps brought forward some green tea-like bitterness and grass. And I personally find this generic slightly oversteeped green tea profile not so interesting.

All-in-all, a good tea that requires some attention in preparation and high leaf-to-water ratio. I will probably need to try more yellow teas to better evaluate its relative value in class.

Flavors: Creamy, Grass, Guava, Melon, Nuts, Spicy, Spinach

175 °F / 79 °C

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I like to drink teas to recreate a specific mood, or just to take a break at work. The world of tea is so endless, patiently waiting for exploration and rewarding you in many ways big and small.

I am looking forward to years of playing with tea leaves, gaiwans, cups, and YouTube videos.

My ratings:

90 or more – a very good/excellent tea, I can see myself ordering it again.

80-89 – it is a good tea, I enjoyed it but not enough to reorder.

70-79 – an OK, drinkable tea but there are certainly much better options even in the same class/type.

60-69 – this tea has such major flaws that you have to force yourself to finish what you ordered.

<60 – truly horrible teas that must be avoided at all costs.



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