This was another early 2020 sipdown. It was also the first Australian tea I ever tried. For whatever reason, I had passed on the opportunity to try the teas that What-Cha had been sourcing from Australia in prior orders, but after receiving a free sample of the Australia Arakai Spring Premium black tea with one of my orders, I decided to bite the bullet and order several of What-Cha’s other Australian offerings so I could compare them. I was not expecting much from them, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. This green tea may have been my favorite of the bunch.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a 10 second rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 fluid ounces of 176 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was followed by 15 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, and 5 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves produced aromas of hay, grass, orange blossom, and orchid. After the rinse, I detected new aromas of malt, corn husk, raisin, fig, prune, and sour cherry. The first infusion introduced aromas of pineapple and mandarin orange. In the mouth, the tea liquor presented notes of grass, hay, cream, corn husk, orchid, malt, honey, and golden raisin that were chased by hints of prune, fig, pear, orange blossom, green apple, mandarin orange, and pineapple. The bulk of the subsequent infusions added aromas of apricot, pear, green apple, spinach, cooked lettuce, plum, and lemon zest to the tea’s bouquet. Stronger and more immediately detectable notes of pear, mandarin orange, green apple, and pineapple came out in the mouth alongside impressions of minerals, apricot, cooked lettuce, spinach, butter, plum, sour cherry, honeydew, and lemon zest. As the the faded, the liquor continued to emphasize notes of minerals, grass, hay, cooked lettuce, and lemon zest that were chased by lingering hints of apricot, plum, green apple, honey, pear, prune, mandarin orange, cream, golden raisin, honeydew, and corn husk.

It’s always been rare for me to find overwhelmingly fruity green teas, but that was very much the sort of tea this was. Prior to trying this tea, I do not recall ever encountering such a fruity green tea. Though it peaked very quickly and faded just as quickly, this tea was incredibly enjoyable from start to finish. Definitely consider giving it a shot should What-Cha ever stock it again.

Flavors: Apricot, Butter, Cherry, Corn Husk, Cream, Fig, Grass, Green Apple, Hay, Honey, Honeydew, Lemon Zest, Lettuce, Malt, Mandarin, Mineral, Orange Blossom, Pineapple, Plum, Prune, Raisins, Spinach

6 g 4 OZ / 118 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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