A return to one of my favourite teas yesterday. While perhaps not as striking as when I had it young some years ago, I am enjoying its gradual transformation.

The aroma is sweet and spicy, and reminds me of wet forest lands. The tea has a full body and a thick, oily mouthfeel as before.

First infusion also tastes kind of oily and nutty with an interesting pumpkin touch. Mid-session steeps give a full flavoured liquor with a sweet, vegeta, woody, and floral character. The tea is a bit numbing. Around infusion 6, I start to notice light bitterness. It is also a bit sour and overall very tasty. Later steeps are a bit overbrewed, but not off-putting in any way. There is a bit of an astringency now, as well as a warming quality to it. The flavours circle around notes like bread, burnt food, and brown sugar, on top of the familiar ones.

Flavors: Bread, Brown Sugar, Burnt Food, Floral, Forest Floor, Nutty, Oily, Pleasantly Sour, Pumpkin, Spicy, Sweet, Thick, Vegetal, Wet Earth, Wood

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I had been drinking Japanese green tea for a while before discovering the world of tea in 2017. I rarely drink blends and generally avoid artificially scented teas. Other than that I try to keep it varied.

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100 _ Unforgettable tea, an experience that changes your life.
90 – 100 _ Excellent tea.
80 – 90 _ Very enjoyable, I will buy again.
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60 – 70 _ Decent.
50 – 60 _ Average, forgettable.
40 – 50 _ I didn’t really like the tea, but it is drinkable.
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