I bought this tea quite a while ago, had a cup, decided that I disliked the tea base (which is prominent) and gave most of the tiny tin I have away. I always remembered that first experience and shied away from having it again, even though I have more recently had Tea Palace’s Organic Rose Grey and realized that I enjoy the tea base way more now.

Well today I finally decided to have another cup of this. Wow, what a difference two years makes. I really, really didn’t like the base on this one before. I rated it a 60, which is to say that I barely didn’t throw the cup down the drain (or maybe I did, I don’t remember). Now? Now it is smooth, malty deliciousness. I think this is a predominantly keemun base, and keemun seems to be growing on me. There are still times when I dislike it, but more and more keemun-base teas are tasty to me. The bergamot is light in this, which is one of the reasons I disliked it before, but now it doesn’t bother me so much. I mean, it makes it not optimal for an Earl Grey for me, but it’s still a tasty cup of tea. Tasty enough that I’m now somewhat reconsidering my plan to cold brew the last of it (although I’ll still probably do it). I would happily have another cup of this tea.

It just goes to show you how subjective ratings and tasting notes are. I mean, I disagree with myself from two years ago!

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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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