85

Nice blend. Not fishy, no dirt taste. Leather and earth taste in the opening few steeps. It’s very mellow, warm, comforting mouth/throat feel. It has dark chocolate and bittersweet notes, and on the 5th it became more milk chocolate and became more creamy, brown sugar notes throughout, still has leather and earth notes. Nice lightly sweet finish.

I think I’ll try it the way it’s suggested which is 30 secs, then add 30 secs next time and see how it changes it as well. I just wanted to extract little by little to see how complex it was.

Yixing gaiwan, 5g, 212F, 110ml, rinse +10s, 15s,20s,25s,30s (am still in the process of drinking this.)

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cocoa, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Leather, Milk, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
derk

I think I’m going to dip into my sample of this soon. The last one I got of it a few years ago tasted full of berries to me plus the notes you mentioned. I don’t remember how I prepared it, though.

Kawaii433

Great. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it, derk!

tea-sipper

The name for this is awesome. It tells me I’m pronouncing ‘shu’ correctly. haha

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derk

I think I’m going to dip into my sample of this soon. The last one I got of it a few years ago tasted full of berries to me plus the notes you mentioned. I don’t remember how I prepared it, though.

Kawaii433

Great. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it, derk!

tea-sipper

The name for this is awesome. It tells me I’m pronouncing ‘shu’ correctly. haha

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Longtime casual tea drinker. In the past, mainly Sencha, Matcha. I’m currently into Oolong & Pu’erh.

Gongfu cha is the main way I prepare my tea (gaiwan or Yixing teapot). I drink all tea… Usually unflavored. I do try some flavored now. Just as long as it doesn’t have any artificial sweetener.

Favorite stores: TeaVivre, What-Cha, Mandala Tea, Yunnan sourcing, White2Tea, Lupicia. (Note: I love the teaware from TeaVivre and Yunnan sourcing.) Good experiences with 52Teas, Harney & Sons, Whispering Pines

Flavors I dislike are artificial flavors, especially artificial sweeteners. Strong lavender, violet, any strong floral-perfumey tea; cantaloupe, ripe papaya, sweet honeydew.

Can handle a little of the following: Rose, licorice, anise, jasmine, mint, spearmint, peppermint, leather.

Favorite flavors: Citrus fruits (especially grapefruit & tangerines), granny smith apple, bananas, guava, mango, tamarind, watermelon, stonefruits, all fruits except cantaloupe, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, milk, cinnamon, creme, bread, nuts, toasted, roasted.

I generally don’t add anything to my teas.

As I explore, my ratings may shift. 90+ generally means I’ll keep it on my shelf.

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