Sipdown, 127. I have a huge pile of shengs to sipdown from the reserve club, but I decided to start out with this tea, which I discovered was also sipdownable.

Mmmm, fujian black tea. Lovely. I realized that I have only had this tea western style for some reason, but today it’s gongfu time. I drank my rinse because it was quite dark and I couldn’t just throw it away. It was sweet and malty, with notes of sweet potato and a hint of pepper. The second steep was much more robust, with quite a kick underneath that honeyed breadiness. I might have let it go a few seconds too long for my taste, but it’s still really good. The other day I was eating at a brewery and they were brewing a beer at the time, and there was an intense smell of the malty boiling mash. This kind of reminds me of that. Third steep was smoother and sweeter, back to a nice malty black tea. So glad to have gotten the opportunity to savor this tea.

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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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