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drank Fish Hook by TeaFromVietnam
40 tasting notes

Light bodied, nutty and sweet. Flavors of toasted rice, edamame and just a light wisp of seaweed, which I find enjoyable.

Flavors: Nutty, Seaweed, Soybean, Toasted Rice

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drank Red Lily by TeaFromVietnam
25 tasting notes

Dry leaf aroma: Cacao nibs, malt, and faint suggestions of spiciness.
Dry leaf appearance: https://www.instagram.com/p/_ZUJYrFcOf/

Wet leaf aroma: Carob, pepper, and subtle vegetal undertones.
Wet leaf appearance: https://www.instagram.com/p/_ZURS3FcO0

First/only steeping: 3.5 minutes at 200 degrees.
While hot, Red Lily has a chocolate and malt aroma. The predominate flavors are cocoa with essences of malt, carob, pepper, and a subdued spiciness. As the cup cools, the spiciness comes forward and a suggestion of plum appears. The cocoa remains true throughout the cup and pairs wonderfully with the spiciness as the liquor changes temperature.

Because this is a rolled tea, I under-leafed my cup. Next time I will add more leaf to see if I can coax out different nuances.

You may also read this review and see images on my blog, My Tea Life, at:

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Pepper, Plum, Spicy

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

did you measure the pot? im curious how big it is.


About 150ml


thanks ;D

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drank Red Lily by TeaFromVietnam
21 tasting notes

This is a rolled Jinxuan red tea, which I haven’t had before, so I added it to reach the free shipping threshold for my order. It is quite sweet with brown sugar and stonefruit notes; the “Jinxuan milk feel” is evident, but with some unexpected smoky/roast tones and spice when pushed. As expected it’s not super-dynamic, but it remained fairly interesting and lightened up with further steeps. The aftertaste is a little unusual for me; something like a mix of roast, sweetness, slight astringency and milky.

At ~$0.15/g, it’s not a terrible deal considering the educational value, but not a steal either. Doesn’t tick quite enough boxes for me. It’s worth trying and I will gladly finish my 50g to get a better impression of it.

Boiling 10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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