(Spring 2016 picking) [edit – see comment below]

Dry leaf: HERBAL, VEGETAL, SWEET (bitter greens – like a green twig or stem – dried herbs: parsley and dill, tomato vine, corn, floral perfume, cocoa, Mexican hot chocolate, some sugary sweetness, honeydew melon)

Smell: VEGETAL, some FRUITINESS: (creamed corn, corn, sour cherry, artificial cherry, some peach and cantaloupe)

Taste: VEGETAL, HERBAL, some SWEET, BITTER (corn, green chestnut, roasted chestnut, dried herbs – parsley and dill, bittersweet floral, some butteriness, generally consistent bitterness. Aftertaste and finish – noticeable sour cherry and artificial cherry flavors, rock candy sweetness, bittersweet floral)

I tried brewing this tea a few different ways, including the traditional “tall glass” method. Personally, I settled on a small gaiwan (1:1 g/fl oz leaf : water), with the lid OFF. I find this little guy to be quite a challenge to brew. At one point throughout my experimentation, I managed to get a glass that had boiled cod flavors… The notes above reflect the best of what I was able to bring out.

Personally, I found the flavors to be consistently “sharp” – even the sweetness was a bit acrid – it reminded me of these old cough drops I had as a kid that were heavily flavored with artificial cherry. The vegetal notes consistently had a “green twig” and dried herb bite to them. When I adjusted the parameters to alleviate some of this bite, it ended up losing quite a bit of body.

I would love to hear how others have approached this tea and what they did to coax out the best flavors.

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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Rating info:
100 – I haven’t found the perfect tea yet!

92-95 – So good that I will purchase this tea again, guaranteed. Excellent flavor and value.

88-91 – A tea that I would consider purchasing again at some point. Great flavor and value.

85-87 – Tea that was worth the purchase and that I enjoyed drinking, although I probably won’t be purchasing it again any time soon. Flavor may have slight drawbacks, or the price might be a little expensive.

80-84 – A tea that has some good points, but falls a bit short on its price:quality ratio. Flavor is a bit mediocre.

No rating – I did not like this tea and would not drink it, given other options.


Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

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