I like reds with snow chrysanthemum: I find those two flavors to mix well. My standard here is Ying Shan Hong from Yunnan Sourcing, which is vibrant, bold, well-defined but at the same time soothing and relaxing.

This cake tasted a bit different: the red came out very mild and chrysanthemums tasted muted as well, with some medicinal undertones. Also, a pronounced sweetness. The flavor profile is not complex but blends well. Not much of an aftertaste, though. The overall impression is of content mellowness and relaxation: it is well-suited for a late-evening relaxation in an overstuffed armchair after a hard day.

I think this cake is getting a bit old – Ying Shan Hong was much more to my liking.

Flavors: Apricot, Decayed Wood, Medicinal, Mushrooms, Sweet

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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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