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This is a loosely Mao Feng style green tea (although it seems like a bit later picking), which is nevertheless quite unique. The dry leaf aroma especially is most unusual. Notes such as sawdust, tobacco, fish sauce, seaweed, dill, pulled pork, roasted pumpkin seeds, and courgette flowers all appear in the mix. Wet leaves throw in green bell pepper scent too, but the overall complexity is dialed down.

The taste is predominately vegetal, as well as savoury and bitter with a touch of earthiness. Flavours of sand, anchovies, clean smoke and cheese again show that this is not an average green tea. The more standard ones include spinach and cream. The aftertaste is mostly sweet and buttery. 

I also like the mouthfeel a fair bit – the liquor is oily and full bodied and definitely above average in that regard.

Flavors: Bitter, Butter, Cream, Earth, Fishy, Green Bell Peppers, Pumpkin, Sand, Sawdust, Seaweed, Smoke, Spinach, Sweet, Thick, Tobacco, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Martin Bednář

Not sure if I want to taste sand in my tea, anchovies sounds interesting as well cheese. But well, it sounds like nice tea anyway.

Togo

I guess it’s not really a strong flavour of sand (in spite of what I wrote :D), more like a minerality I would expect from a stream that’s located in an area with lots of limestone and other arid or sandy soils. Anyway, there sure are many types of sand that taste quite differently, so you shouldn’t brush them off as a category I think :P

But seriously, this is quite a nice tea indeed!

Martin Bednář

I was just thinking about it. Yes, I undestand that in terms of minerality :) but seeing sand in first place is… uncommon. But as you wrote, there are many different sands.

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Martin Bednář

Not sure if I want to taste sand in my tea, anchovies sounds interesting as well cheese. But well, it sounds like nice tea anyway.

Togo

I guess it’s not really a strong flavour of sand (in spite of what I wrote :D), more like a minerality I would expect from a stream that’s located in an area with lots of limestone and other arid or sandy soils. Anyway, there sure are many types of sand that taste quite differently, so you shouldn’t brush them off as a category I think :P

But seriously, this is quite a nice tea indeed!

Martin Bednář

I was just thinking about it. Yes, I undestand that in terms of minerality :) but seeing sand in first place is… uncommon. But as you wrote, there are many different sands.

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Currently, I am a PhD student at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario. Apart from teas and mathematics, I enjoy sports and traveling, as well as music of all kinds. Connect at https://rateyourmusic.com/~Togo

I have been a fan of green tea for a while and I started exploring other kinds of tea in greater depth only in 2017. I rarely drink blends and generally avoid artificially scented teas. Other than that I try to keep it varied.

My rating description:
100 _ Unforgettable tea, an experience that changes your life.
90 – 100 _ Excellent tea.
80 – 90 _ Very enjoyable, I will buy again.
70 – 80 _ I enjoyed it, but I most likely won’t be buying it again.
60 – 70 _ Decent.
50 – 60 _ Average, forgettable.
40 – 50 _ I didn’t really like the tea, but it is drinkable.
0 – 40 _ I would prefer to avoid the tea.

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