Despite the picture, this tea came in a bag. It seems to be available loose as well from the website. I got this as a sample in the swag bag at Midwest Tea Fest.

I brewed this in a cup for a couple minutes at 85C. It’s got a nice aroma that reminds me of fallen leaves, flowers, and just a hint of white grape and melon. The tea has a nice thick body, tastes very clean, no astringency. It’s got the classic muscatel note of Darjeeling. Pretty low on the woody taste elements. It’s a little bit tangy and has notes of melon. That’s about all I can say. I have trouble discerning nuances as much when Western brewing since I’m so accustomed to Gongfu style. For tea from a bag, this is really nice. The clean quality of the taste matches what I’d expect from organic tea, and it’s Fair Trade, so that’s a plus. In retrospect, I kind of wish I had tore open the bag and just used a brew basket. I feel like I taste paper in the aftertaste.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Floral, Melon, Muscatel

185 °F / 85 °C

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Hi there, fellow tea lovers.

My name’s Lion and I’m a Gongfu Cha practitioner, so I usually brew with a gaiwan for reviews unless there’s a more suitable brewing method, like using Japanese teawares for Japanese teas. I tend to stick to straight loose teas and scented teas in general, seldom dabbling in herbal and flavored teas. My favorite tea is Kenyan Silver Needle.

Aside from tea, I’m a generally creative person. I love to cook, write fiction, draw, decorate, garden, and do just about anything creative I can get my paws on.

Animals are really important to me. I’m a lion at heart, and I strive to better understand, respect, and appreciate other animals as best as I can. I advocate for better stewardship of wildlife and captive animals. We’ve still got a lot to learn.

For a long time I rated every tea I tried, but these days I don’t rate them unless they’re exceptional and deserving of a high rating. Here’s my rating breakdown for my reviews with ratings:

0 = Unpalatable, harsh
25 = Unenjoyable
50 = I’m indifferent
75 = Enjoyable, average
90+ = The best, would buy more
100 = Incredible, a favorite


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