Shui Xian is definitely one of my favorite everyday oolongs and this is certainly a nice one. Someone in my office remarked on how good this tea smells! It’s very roasty and aromatic – if you like houijicha this would be a good one to check out. A traditional Chinese restaurant type of tea.

I did a slightly longer steep at around 2 minutes for my first cup. The flavor is that of burnt sugar, caramel and charred plums. Norbu claims the tea is bittersweet but I’m not actually picking up on much bitterness, I get a sweet honey like finish. This would be a great one to have with meals or for simply just relaxing. I definitely plan to get a larger size of this soon, it also resteeps nicely.

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

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I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

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