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8g of huge dry brittle medium brown leaves, the kind when you’re walking along a path, and they crunch underneath your feet. They barely fit in my teapot. The dry leaves smelled of dust, soil, dirt. The liquor was super dark, like espresso. The rinse smelled of wet earth, mud, and dirt. After the first infusion, the aroma changed. The liquor had a strong earthy, wet and rich soil aroma, and now a very faint aroma of dirt. The taste and feel were really not what I expected from the aroma either. First of all, mouth and throat feel. What comfort. It was so smooth, almost slick on my tongue, no astringency at all… And yet, the finish gave me a very slight powdery feeling or graininess on the tip of my tongue.

The way I’m going to describe the taste may not sound so appealing. It was like digging up a huge tree, and taking a bite of the roots. I know, I know, sounds strange but it is uniquely good. I looked forward to more infusions. In the second and third infusion, I got some spice, cinnamon-like, some minerals, some wet rocks. As I went through infusion after infusion, it was indeed relaxing, calming, each time looking forward to filling my teapot up. The finish was a subtle sweetness, with a little spice in the exhale, root-earthy-rock mixture. Hard to describe but it was an experience and I swear, if I were creative, this tea could help me write about nature.

Thank you so much, Derk for this experience :D

Yixing teapot, 8g, 130ml, 205°F, who know how many steeps, 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 65s, 75s, 85s… Etc.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Dirt, Earth, Mud, petrichor, Smooth, Spices, Sweet, Wet Earth, Wet Rocks

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 tsp 4 OZ / 130 ML
mrmopar

I am meeting Derk today in Cali. Todd will be joining us too.

Kawaii433

Ahhh that’s wonderful!. I just know you’ll all have a great time <3. Enjoy your tea and company.

mrmopar

I know. Can’t wait! I brought goodies..

Kawaii433

I hope you had fun :D. What tea did you all drink together?

derk

At an Ethiopian restaurant, we commandeered a few tables by an accessible power outlet. With a couple platters of food set out, Todd, mrmopar and I drank puerh while mrmopar’s equal half had an Ethiopian coffee. We had a very powerful and bitter Jing Dong, a 2013 NaKa, a 2003 Menghai 7542 and something else? I think I overdosed on great tea and even better company!

Kawaii433

Oooh that sounds wonderful and so fun, Derk <3

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mrmopar

I am meeting Derk today in Cali. Todd will be joining us too.

Kawaii433

Ahhh that’s wonderful!. I just know you’ll all have a great time <3. Enjoy your tea and company.

mrmopar

I know. Can’t wait! I brought goodies..

Kawaii433

I hope you had fun :D. What tea did you all drink together?

derk

At an Ethiopian restaurant, we commandeered a few tables by an accessible power outlet. With a couple platters of food set out, Todd, mrmopar and I drank puerh while mrmopar’s equal half had an Ethiopian coffee. We had a very powerful and bitter Jing Dong, a 2013 NaKa, a 2003 Menghai 7542 and something else? I think I overdosed on great tea and even better company!

Kawaii433

Oooh that sounds wonderful and so fun, Derk <3

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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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