Spring 2022.

My second Yunnan Sourcing Long Jing and easily the better of the two.

This tea has a sweet, creamy aroma and the leaves are longer and less broken than the Imperial Grade. I steeped it the traditional grandpa method: tea leaves directly in the cup.

In a warm glass, the leaves emitted a nutty aroma that reminded me of Rice Krispies. The brewed tea has a very nice nutty freshness. Chestnut and lima bean are the dominant flavors but there are green bean and pistachio notes as well. It’s more chestnutty than any dragonwell I’ve had. Pleasant and smooth throughout with zero bitterness.

Holds up well in cold storage and makes an excellent cold brew.

Flavors: Chestnut, Green Beans, Lima Beans, Nutty, Pistachio

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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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