This is one that got lost in the shuffle of all of my new tea. Pulled it out from a pile this morning. When I opened the package, I got a very nice creamy berry type of smell. Not tart dried/dehydrated berry but very sweet and creamy.

When brewed, the dry leaves initially send up a classic, high quality, malted honey scent that I am familiar with in well done black tea. But, what is this? I stick my nose a little closer and there is that berry scent again. Hot damn! This is almost unlike any scent I’ve gotten from tea before. It is kind of like a mixed berry because I detect hints of blackberry, blueberry, strawberry but I can’t really nail it down to one specific kind as being the most dominant.

My first steep was admittedly light in that I let the tea brew for about 15 seconds. But, as we know, in gongfu style most of the first (and sometimes second) steeps are a bit lighter until the water really gets a chance to saturate the leaves. But the promise is there in a light malt and, again(!), fruit flavor.

The leaves on the second steep smell more of the same. The liquor looks a bit darker despite leaving the steep at 15 seconds, which is to be expected. But when I say darker, I mean it is a buttery blonde color at this point. Not dark in the traditional black tea sense. The berry flavor has intensified where now I can taste it on my lips even a few moments after taking a sip.

Honestly, this is one of those kind of teas that makes me fall in love with tea all over again. It makes drinking through all of those bad or mediocre ho-hum teas worthwhile. A true delight.

Flavors: Berry, Cream, Honey, Malt

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Michigander, Husband, father of three, lover of tea, books, nature, gardening, and passion. Stay at home dad currently. Previously a preschool teacher.

I have now completed some tea swaps and I am so totally up for swapping! What a cool way to connect with fellow tea lovers and try some new teas. My tea cupboard on here is woefully out of date though.

Black tea has been my go to tea for some time. Oolongs are good too but mainly roasty oolongs. I’m finding that there are some green and white teas (mostly Moonlight Whites) that impress me lately which they never used to do. I am getting into and developing a taste for Pu-erh. I have tried raw and my Ulcerative Colitis just can’t handle the roughness of it. So I stick to ripe Puerh. I am recently drinking more herbal tea or Rooibos especially STRONG ginger blends. I’m not too picky.

Some of my favorite places from which to purchase tea are Whispering Pines Tea Co, Verdant, A Quarter to Tea, Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co, Bitterleaf Tea, and Yunnan Sourcing.

Rating system:
90-100: Some of the best I’ve ever had. I’d be a fool not to keep it stocked as often as possible
80-89: A damn good tea. Not to be missed
70-79: A good tea but lacks the wow factor. More than likely a simple tea that could be an every day option
60-69: Eh. This is okay. Not swill by any means but fairly underwhelming.
50-59: Not really doing it for me. I’ll finish it but please don’t bring me any more.
Below 50: Life is too short to waste on things such as this


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