This tea was sent to me accidentally instead of the tea I originally ordered. When I reached out to Royal Tea Bay they were apologetic and quickly, actually very quickly, sent out the correct tea. Now I have a kilogram of this tea. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about it but after some experimentation I am really beginning to appreciate it. For me it is best brewed in my gaiwan. It has a pronounced smokiness to it that reminds me of the gunpowder green I used to drink, reminds me of hot rocks around a campfire. After a couple of quick rinses the smokiness moves to the back and leaves a thick smooth broth. It tastes like incense burning on a rainy day with the windows open, of wet rocks on a forest floor. The aroma is reminicent of a candle burning on a cold night. It has has both a sweetness and a richness to it and just a touch of astringency that leaves a bright taste at the end. I brewed 8g for 10s, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40 ,50. I may just keep going.

I am thinking of attempting to age a portion of this bundled in cloth. I have no idea what effect this might have on it but it might be interesting.

Flavors: Ash, Mineral, Smoke, Wet Earth, Wet Rocks

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
mrmopar

I have some in the pumi now. I think I have 100 grams give or take.

just john

I would be interested to hear what you think of it mrmopar!

mrmopar

I drank it a while back. I may need to get it out again.

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mrmopar

I have some in the pumi now. I think I have 100 grams give or take.

just john

I would be interested to hear what you think of it mrmopar!

mrmopar

I drank it a while back. I may need to get it out again.

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Attempting to live a simple life in Kansas City with my amazing wife and three (now almost four) wonderful children. I have approximately 1,752 interests and right at the top of that list is tea. I am a big fan of unflavored teas of all sorts. I will always try something new.

I went for a long time without rating or reviewing teas. I tried, I really did, but it always seemed that by the time I had put the experience into words I had lost the experience that I had originally fallen in love with. Tea for me is best as it is. In the leaf. In the pot. In the cup. Now I am finding myself years later and wishing I had a better record of the teas I have tried, something, oh I don’t know, like a tea log… And so I am attempting to leave tasting notes on here again.

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