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Tea Swap Sample

I’ve been trying to get the samples given to me throughout the past year out of the way, so I can really start to tackle the “purchase shelf” teas. When observing the leaf of this one, I was pretty skeptical about whether this would be an appetizing session or not, since the leaf was in bits and pieces. I assumed that it was probably the “dust” and bits left from the stash, so I gave it a go anyway…

The dry leaf didn’t really have much of an aroma to it. I heated the gaiwan and put the leaf into it, so as to illuminate the smell of the leaf. I noticed a small amount of a jasmine/floral notes, but other than that, it really didn’t have much of a smell.

First Steep: Slightly bitter, but there was a bit of a “fruity” note present; although, I wasn’t sure what the fruit may have been.

Second Steep: Bitter, a bit leathery, & mouth drying.

Third Steep: More bitter & more astringent.

I had stopped taking notes there, however, there was a note made that it “went like this for a while (noted @ steep 6)” and I felt like this tea wasn’t doing it for me. I stopped at steep 8.

I hope it’s not harsh to say that it could’ve been the bits and pieces that gave it such an unpleasant experience; however, it could’ve been the hype of getting to try a Mei Leaf tea, and it just didn’t live up to the expectations…No idea…However, thank you, dear tea friend, for the opportunity. I apologize that it wasn’t my cuppa tea. xD

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Fruity, Leather

severinobambino

totally agree with your review! about 2 years ago i decided to buy the whole gushu experience (incl. Bloom Buster, Cone Bandit & Pip Killer), after seeing the videos about these.

yesterday, my girlfriend took out some of the Bloom Buster Leaves (NOT BROKEN) from my collection and my experience war pretty similar to yours.. disappointing .

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severinobambino

totally agree with your review! about 2 years ago i decided to buy the whole gushu experience (incl. Bloom Buster, Cone Bandit & Pip Killer), after seeing the videos about these.

yesterday, my girlfriend took out some of the Bloom Buster Leaves (NOT BROKEN) from my collection and my experience war pretty similar to yours.. disappointing .

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