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This is a nice Darjeeling-type tea. It’s quite green. and aromatic – in fact, its aroma was the strongest point for me with intense meadow, hay and fruit fragrances. Prepared gongfu the taste was similarly intense, sweet and floral, with a typical Darjeeling profile. Muscatel was not too prominent, but flowers and stone fruit notes came out quite strong. Eastkyteaguy and Leafhopper identified individual flavors well enough, so I will not go in there.

The disappointing parts in my experience is that the complexity of taste fades quickly – I could not get many quality steepings. Oh, and also it was quite horrible Western style: just a bland undifferentiated sweetness that turned me off enough that I could not finish my cup (which is rare for me). It probably requires a very high leaf-to-water ratio to shine.

Leafhopper

I’ve never tried to gongfu a tea from the Indian subcontinent. What parameters do you use?

Bluegreen

I am not that scientific about gongfu and pretty much play it by ear. I usually use 4-5 g per 80-90 mg, let the first steep to last 5-7 seconds and go from there according to taste. Eastkyteaguy is certainly a much better source for gongfu details based on his painstaking reviews.

I kinda stopped regularly making tea the gongfu style except for puehr and dark tea: it always comes out way better and more intense in the first couple of steepings but then the quality of teas plummets so noticeablty that I have to force myself to keep steeping and drinking. If I had unlimited money then yea, I would always drink it gong fu and discard after the second steeping but oh well.

Now, in terms of drinking South Asia tea gongfu: I would not do it for your typical Assam or Ceylon, but Darjeeling and Nepal teas usually come out really well.

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Leafhopper

I’ve never tried to gongfu a tea from the Indian subcontinent. What parameters do you use?

Bluegreen

I am not that scientific about gongfu and pretty much play it by ear. I usually use 4-5 g per 80-90 mg, let the first steep to last 5-7 seconds and go from there according to taste. Eastkyteaguy is certainly a much better source for gongfu details based on his painstaking reviews.

I kinda stopped regularly making tea the gongfu style except for puehr and dark tea: it always comes out way better and more intense in the first couple of steepings but then the quality of teas plummets so noticeablty that I have to force myself to keep steeping and drinking. If I had unlimited money then yea, I would always drink it gong fu and discard after the second steeping but oh well.

Now, in terms of drinking South Asia tea gongfu: I would not do it for your typical Assam or Ceylon, but Darjeeling and Nepal teas usually come out really well.

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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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