2020 harvest. 1.8g / 13oz @ 185 F.

Last year’s Anji Bai Cha was a tea that was so good I used to dream about it. This year’s harvest is good but not as nuanced. It’s got that crisp freshness of romaine lettuce combined with a green pea sweetness, a lima bean like vegetal flavor with a slight peppery hint. Less grassy and more delicate than typical green teas. However, I do miss the subtleties of last year’s tea. Still an enjoyable tea though and a good one for throwing in thermos or brewing grandpa style which is how I like to brew it.

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Flavors: Garden Peas, Lettuce, Lima Beans, Pepper

180 °F / 82 °C

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My Rating Criteria:

95 to 100: Top shelf stuff. Loved this tea and highly recommend it

90 to 94: Excellent. Enjoyed this tea and would likely repurchase

80 to 89: Good but not great. I liked it though it may be lacking in some aspects. I’ll finish it but probably won’t buy again

70 to 79: Average at best. Not terrible but wouldn’t willingly drink again

60 to 69: Sub-par. Low quality tea, barely palatable

59 and below: Bleh

Fell into tea many years ago and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and flavored Teavana teas. My tea epiphany happened when I discovered jade oolongs. That was my gateway drug to the world of high quality tea and teaware.

For the most part, I drink straight tea but do appreciate a good flavored tea on occasion. I love fresh green and floral flavors and as such, green tea and Taiwanese oolongs will always have a place in my cupboard. After avoiding black tea forever, Chinese blacks have started to grow on me. I’m less enthusiastic about puerh though. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

Other non-tea interests include: cooking, reading, nature, philosophy, MMA, traveling when I can, and of course putzing around on the interwebs.

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