This is the second purple tea I’ve tried from Yunnan Sourcing. I steeped 5 g of leaf in a 120 ml teapot at 195F for 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 30, 40, , 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

Although most reviewers taste grapefruit in this tea, I get green grapes and some sourness in the first steep. The second steep has notes of grape, honey, sourness, woodsiness, and citrus, which could be grapefruit at a stretch. There’s no bitterness at all in these infusions.

After increasing the temperature to 200F, the grapefruit is more apparent, as are grape, raisin, honey, malt, and sour flavours. I also get brief notes of blueberries, dry grass, and minerals in later steeps, and the tea gets more astringent as the session progresses.

Though I enjoyed this more than the other purple tea I had from Yunnan Sourcing, I wasn’t a fan of the raisins and the astringency. I shouldn’t have any trouble finishing it, but I’m not planning to get more.

Flavors: Astringent, Blueberry, Citrus, Dry Grass, Grapefruit, Grapes, Honey, Malt, Mineral, Pleasantly Sour, Raisins, Tangy

195 °F / 90 °C 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Since I discovered Teavana’s Monkey Picked Oolong four years ago, I’ve been fascinated by loose-leaf tea. I’m glad to say that my oolong tastes have evolved, and that I now like nearly every tea that comes from Taiwan, oolong or not, particularly the bug-bitten varieties. I also find myself drinking Yunnan blacks and Darjeelings from time to time, as well as a few other curiosities.

However, while online reviews might make me feel like an expert, I know that I still have some work to do to actually pick up those flavours myself. I hope that by making me describe what I’m tasting, Steepster can improve my appreciation of teas I already enjoy and make me more open to new possibilities (maybe even puerh!).



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