The leaves smell amazing, dry or wet. The scent initially comes across like strawberry, but after a moment it’s possibly to detect the individual notes of pear, guava, and what is apparently soursop (which smells like pineapple). Brewed Western-style without sugar, it’s not great; to be fair, I don’t usually like unsweetened fruit tea blends. With sugar, it’s excellent – one of my favourite fruit teas.

Flavors: Guava, Pear, Pineapple, Strawberry

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 5 g 13 OZ / 384 ML

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I like trying unique teas, especially those from areas of the world not known for tea production. It’s always something of a gamble and can lead to all kinds of surprises.

While I’m usually not into flavoured or scented teas, there are definitely exceptions. Hei cha which is not pu-erh tends to be my favourite category of tea, but I like some teas of all types. Smoky, creamy, and honey-like tastes generally appeal to me the most.

Top five teas I’ve had thus far (in no particular order):

Mekong Breakfast from Rakkasan Tea Company

2015 Gao Jia Shan “Cha Duo Tang” Wild Harvested Hunan Fu Brick Tea, from Yunnan Sourcing

Asahina Gyokuro “Hon Gyokuro” from Hojo Tea

Any good Lapsang Souchong

2018 Cha Yu Lin “Liu Bu Xi Village” Tian Jian Basket Tea from Yunnan Sourcing


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