92

Additional notes: I’m going to try to write newer tasting notes for my 2018 Teavivre samples, because at this point, I haven’t written notes for years about most of them, even if I’ve been enjoying most of them without writing notes. I’ve been trying to drink the varieties of Yun Nan closer together (and then I’ll work on the Keemuns, etc) and it really is amazing that most of these Yun Nans have such different flavor profiles. I originally stocked up on this one because it was similar to the glorious Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Ancient Wild Tree that I love so much: tangy/plumy notes in the harvest I stocked up on a couple years ago. Though the tangy/plumy notes were definitely less noticeable in this tea than the Nonpareil. This harvest, it’s even less noticeable than before. The 2018 tastes like a lighter Assam tea, with that malty flavor with hints of fruitiness. The flavors aren’t as distinct as I wish they were. It looks like my steeping parameters were close to the other tasting note. I’m going to drink my older harvest soon to compare. So this tea might have lost some of its special qualities that I was noticing before. Instead of stocking up on this one, I’d rather choose to steep up the Nonpareil for special occasions or just go with the more affordable Yun Nan. Even the cheapest Yun Nan is delicious to me. The rating now might be an 86 for losing the tangy plum.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug // 16 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Harvest: 2018

Kawaii433

Nice :) I have this but haven’t got around to trying it yet. Still working on sipdowns on my opened teas. I really look forward to it now.

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I hope you like the Ancient, Kawaii :D

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Kawaii433

Nice :) I have this but haven’t got around to trying it yet. Still working on sipdowns on my opened teas. I really look forward to it now.

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I hope you like the Ancient, Kawaii :D

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80-95 – Also pretty delicious
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