My urge to sipdown is so strong that even though I am craving one type of tea, I am not drinking it and instead drinking this one. It’s not even a sipdown, but a penultimate tasting (i.e., one cup left now).

Luckily I read my previous note on this one that said I got bitterness at full boiling, and I dropped the temp on my electric kettle just in time. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to have made much of a difference. This tea still has an underlying bitterness/astringency that just dampens my enjoyment of the other flavors. And this is disappointing because now I have one last cup of this that I do not want to drink and thus sipdown (but is really too small to swap). Sigh.

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.


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