Yet another black/red tea experience that has me more and more convinced that this group of teas deserve more respect – and more space in my yearly tea budget.

This is a wonderfully rich tea. Is it complex? Well, maybe not. It’s not bursting with all different kinds of flavors popping up here and there. Instead, it’s about the depth of flavor. Rich, intriguing fruit flavors that hang around forever is what this little guy is all about. It’s not cloyingly sweet, but the rich fruitiness do make it a great after-meal treat. Brewing harder will put out more tannins and smokiness if you wish to cut the fruit notes down a little bit.

For $5, this is one of the biggest steals you’re going to find. Seriously. Just don’t buy them all before I place my next YS order!
Dry leaf: stewed blackberries, dried apricot, honey floral

Smell: blackberry, stewed berries, apricot, dark honey, pleasant wood smoke

Taste: blackberry pie, dried apricot, dark honey, honey floral, hints of light wood smoke, minerality.

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 2 OZ / 59 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.


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