90

I received this free sample. It came in a pouch, with good labeling and a 7.5 g serving. Lots of reviews, but looks like I’m somewhat of an outlier.^^

The dry leaves had a great aroma of molasses, cocoa, spices, malt, nuts. After the rinse, the lid smelled even better, along the same lines but with the addition of fried plantains and sweet potatoes. It remained flavorful to the end with constant changes throughout all the infusions. It was complex and I was glad I did shorter infusions in the beginning. Sweet potatoes were the main constant from beginning to end. Notes of roasted nuts, molasses, dark chocolate, bittersweet and sweet chocolate, malt, toast, a little citrus here and there, plums, caramel, spices too. It was a smooth and creamy mouthfeel in the beginning and then that changed too. Their site says it gives a “glassy” mouthfeel. It never got bitter nor astringent.

110ml porcelain gaiwan, put the entire 7.5g in it., 205°F, rinse, 11 steeps: 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 65s, 75s, 120s.

Flavors: Baked Bread, banana, Butter, Caramel, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Molasses, Nuts, Plums, Spices, Sweet Potatoes, Toasted, Yams

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
tea-sipper

I don’t know what you keep talking about with this tea amateur deal… your flavor notes are already on point. :D

Kawaii433

I have no idea what certain flowers taste like, wood, lots of different spices… Etc. I can detect flavors (like we all do) when we don’t like the particular flavor. Thank you for the encouragement! :D

tea-sipper

Oh none of us are flavor experts… we don’t know the flavors of everything, and for everyone each flavor would seem different anyway.

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tea-sipper

I don’t know what you keep talking about with this tea amateur deal… your flavor notes are already on point. :D

Kawaii433

I have no idea what certain flowers taste like, wood, lots of different spices… Etc. I can detect flavors (like we all do) when we don’t like the particular flavor. Thank you for the encouragement! :D

tea-sipper

Oh none of us are flavor experts… we don’t know the flavors of everything, and for everyone each flavor would seem different anyway.

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