From TTB 2019/2020.

I spent a chunk of the day today cleaning up our tea cabinet. We have a stand-alone cabinet and the top had become a catch-all for teas and strainers and vitamins and mail, etc. etc. I got it organized and now it’s super clean and so inviting. In the rubble was my gaiwan and gongfu tea set that I bought a few years ago. Truthfully, this was one of the main reasons I wanted to clean the cabinet because I had been itching to pull the set out again and give it a try with this pu’er before I send the box away.

I’ve only had a gongfu session a handful of times. I don’t really feel confident enough in what I’m doing so I am always hesitant to try. I also like my teas with honey and I’m just not sure my palate is sophisticated enough to truly appreciate all the flavors that come through in an unsweetened cup. That being said, I was so excited to do this that I watched quite a few videos to give me the basics and then jumped right in.

I won’t give a rating because I’m not sure I even did this right. The tea had color but not much flavor to me. The little nuggets stayed intact for all of the infusions, even though I did try to break them up a bit. In all, I think I did five or six infusions before the caffeine went to my head and I decided to stop. I did really enjoy the ritual but I didn’t experience much flavor so I’ll be passing this along. I’m sure someone else will love it.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

It will take me longer than usual to get to the post office while we’re in the midst of this pandemic, but I would still love to send you something next time I’m out and about!

Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
Lime, white teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-70: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

71-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

Updated July 2021.


Alabaster, Alabama


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