March 2019 harvest.

The best morning/afternoon Assam I’ve ever had. Very complex and layered taste and mouthfeel yet approachable due to a distinct lack of bitterness, very light astringency and an inviting aroma. Savory and mineral backbone with plenty of berry tones and a lemony taste that zings. Emergent menthol. The leaves are alive and have plenty to give.

I would serve this to anybody entering my home.

Not for small pocketbooks but well worth a try! It’s very forgiving :)

Leafhopper

Agreed on all points. I’m hoarding my remaining 20 g.

derk

I gave away my last teaspoon or two. The rest of it I blew through like an addict. You are stronger than me!

Leafhopper

LOL, that was generous! I nearly made a What-Cha order just to get more of this tea and the Rohini Second Flush Darjeeling. I’ll probably repurchase both of them if they’re still available in a few months.

derk

It’s on sale right now whyyyyyy

Leafhopper

Argh! That’s dangerous! I need to remind myself that I’ve acquired 38 teas in the past couple months and I don’t need more! The current Taiwan Tea Crafts sale is also making me waver.

derk

I’ve been on an anti-hoarding mission since my last What-Cha order in 2019. I wish you the strength to not succumb to TTC but sipping vicariously through you is always welcome ;)

Leafhopper

Thanks! The struggle is real. I’ve been enjoying your recent adventures with tisanes, although most of them seem better to read about than to drink.

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Leafhopper

Agreed on all points. I’m hoarding my remaining 20 g.

derk

I gave away my last teaspoon or two. The rest of it I blew through like an addict. You are stronger than me!

Leafhopper

LOL, that was generous! I nearly made a What-Cha order just to get more of this tea and the Rohini Second Flush Darjeeling. I’ll probably repurchase both of them if they’re still available in a few months.

derk

It’s on sale right now whyyyyyy

Leafhopper

Argh! That’s dangerous! I need to remind myself that I’ve acquired 38 teas in the past couple months and I don’t need more! The current Taiwan Tea Crafts sale is also making me waver.

derk

I’ve been on an anti-hoarding mission since my last What-Cha order in 2019. I wish you the strength to not succumb to TTC but sipping vicariously through you is always welcome ;)

Leafhopper

Thanks! The struggle is real. I’ve been enjoying your recent adventures with tisanes, although most of them seem better to read about than to drink.

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Always up for a trade. I keep an updated cupboard. Check it out. Don’t be shy — message me if you want to try something! I send international :)

Most enjoyment:

Wuyi and Taiwanese oolong, sheng puerh, Yunnan and Wuyi blacks, GABA oolong. I also appreciate Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Darjeeling and Nepali teas, bagged tea and herbal teas/tisanes.

I take my teas without milks or sweeteners except sometimes chai and the rare London Fog, matcha latte and golden milk.

I’ll try anything once because it helps me learn. Not opposed to well placed herbs, flowers, fruity bits and flavorings, just nothing cloying. And no added sugars, sweeteners, candy or chocolate.

I abandoned both my preference reference and the recording of detailed steeping parameters in January 2020, favoring a focus on qualitative descriptions. At this point, I am still comfortable toggling the “Not/Recommended” button.

Preference reference:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.
89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again. Some could be daily drinker teas.
79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.
69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.
59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.
Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s puerh, I likely think it needs more age.

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