In comparison to the 2016 harvest I had earlier this week, the 2017 is more of a high-end daily drinker as opposed to a real treat.  It manages to be both bold and light yet not so complex that it commands all my attention.  The flavor profile is exemplary of Old Ways Tea’s Wuyi black teas.  It is very similar to the 2016 though more rounded and less active in the mouth.  It smells and tastes a lot like a sunflower seed dark bread.  Quite sunflower-wildflower-rose floral, malty, leathery, fruity.  There seems to be less of an old-growth depth and the baking spice and cream notes are not as apparent, briefly experienced early on in the back of the mouth.  It evokes a feeling of a cool, damp meadow in full bloom, surrounded by berries, rather than an old-growth cedar forest. It’s still a wonderful tea and I’m sad to see it go.

Flavors: Apricot, Baked Bread, Blackberry, Blueberry, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Cream, Floral, Flowers, Fruity, Leather, Lemon, Lychee, Malt, Nutmeg, Nutty, Orange, Rose, Tangy, Tobacco

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
tea-sipper

derk – I briefly saw a note late last night that you wrote, but you must have deleted it… I just noticed you were talking about pandemic times and it’s completely fine for you to leave these types of notes up! I mainly noticed you talking about ridiculous people wandering around your work mainly because they were bored, who shouldn’t be there. I can only imagine your frustration at this. People SHOULD be treating this like they already have it, symptoms or no, and think of every other person out in the world. I hope you stay safe.

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What tea-sipper said, yep. I have cancelled all lessons for the next two weeks minimum even though we meet one and one. Because this ONE will have two more coming home from work who may have been exposed or may get it from a student, and my students have working parents or grandparents keeping them and who knows which of them may have caught it….in ever widening circles,

derk

This week was a little easier than the last and business finally seemed to be slowing down but I attribute that to the rain. Our customer capacity is currently limited to 30 at any given time, down from 50. A man in line outside the other day loudly gesticulated his frustration with other customers being there only out of boredom or for their non-essential home improvement projects, while he was there to purchase some plumbing to fix an old woman’s sink. As he was voicing his annoyance at having to wait behind all these people, 3 of the customers in front of him actually left. A little public shaming worked. We should hire the guy to stand in line and complain.

A wise decision, ashmanra.

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tea-sipper

derk – I briefly saw a note late last night that you wrote, but you must have deleted it… I just noticed you were talking about pandemic times and it’s completely fine for you to leave these types of notes up! I mainly noticed you talking about ridiculous people wandering around your work mainly because they were bored, who shouldn’t be there. I can only imagine your frustration at this. People SHOULD be treating this like they already have it, symptoms or no, and think of every other person out in the world. I hope you stay safe.

ashmanra

What tea-sipper said, yep. I have cancelled all lessons for the next two weeks minimum even though we meet one and one. Because this ONE will have two more coming home from work who may have been exposed or may get it from a student, and my students have working parents or grandparents keeping them and who knows which of them may have caught it….in ever widening circles,

derk

This week was a little easier than the last and business finally seemed to be slowing down but I attribute that to the rain. Our customer capacity is currently limited to 30 at any given time, down from 50. A man in line outside the other day loudly gesticulated his frustration with other customers being there only out of boredom or for their non-essential home improvement projects, while he was there to purchase some plumbing to fix an old woman’s sink. As he was voicing his annoyance at having to wait behind all these people, 3 of the customers in front of him actually left. A little public shaming worked. We should hire the guy to stand in line and complain.

A wise decision, ashmanra.

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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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