Since I’ve been slacking in an impressive fashion lately, I decided to spend some time on myself today. I needed to de-stress and try to find some motivation to accomplish a few things. To that end, I spent my day doing some things I enjoy, and so far, I have spent my evening watching 80s action movies and drinking tea. I feel a little more recharged now. Hopefully, I can sleep late tomorrow, get some chores done through the day, and then go into the workweek a little more refreshed.

I finished a sample pouch of this tea while lying on my couch watching Rambo III. Drinking this tea was not nearly as regrettable of a choice as watching that particular film. I found it to be a very approachable, yet somewhat deceptive black tea. It was not nearly as bold, vibrant, or intense as the Nepal ‘Greenland Farm Signature’ Black Tea I drank last week, yet there was more going on with this one underneath its smooth, breezy exterior than I initially thought.

I prepared this tea in the Western style. I steeped about 3-4 grams of loose tea leaves in approximately 8 ounces of 203 F water for 5 minutes. I did not attempt any additional infusions.

Prior to infusion, I could not detect much of an aroma from the dry tea leaves. I could pick up on a subtle and indistinct fruitiness, but that was it. After infusion, I picked up very subtle aromas of herbs, Muscatel, citrus, and fresh flowers. In the mouth, I initially picked up a not particularly surprising mix of Muscatel, herbs, wood, almond, malt, and lemon zest backed by a hint of straw. Closer examination, however, also revealed relatively subtle impressions of orange peel, green apple, dandelion, marigold, and viola. The finish was surprisingly tart, offering lingering citrus and floral tones framed against a firm malt backbone.

This did not come off as a particularly deep, complex, or challenging tea, but again, there was more to it than I initially thought. It was not the sort of tea I would want to drink regularly, but I did find it at least somewhat enjoyable. I could see fans of heavily citrusy and/or floral black teas taking a liking to this one. I, however, would have enjoyed it more if it had been a little more robust on the front end.

Flavors: Almond, Dandelion, Floral, Green Apple, Herbs, Lemon Zest, Malt, Muscatel, Orange, Straw, Wood

5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My grading criteria for tea is as follows:

90-100: Exceptional. I love this stuff. If I can get it, I will drink it pretty much every day.

80-89: Very good. I really like this stuff and wouldn’t mind keeping it around for regular consumption.

70-79: Good. I like this stuff, but may or may not reach for it regularly.

60-69: Solid. I rather like this stuff and think it’s a little bit better-than-average. I’ll drink it with no complaints, but am more likely to reach for something I find more enjoyable than revisit it with regularity.

50-59: Average. I find this stuff to be more or less okay, but it is highly doubtful that I will revisit it in the near future if at all.

40-49: A little below average. I don’t really care for this tea and likely won’t have it again.

39 and lower: Varying degrees of yucky.

Don’t be surprised if my average scores are a bit on the high side because I tend to know what I like and what I dislike and will steer clear of teas I am likely to find unappealing.



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