Backlogging – my aunt had a box of this in her cupboard, and no idea how to steep it, so she pulled it out when I was visiting. I used 2 bags for ~8oz water, heated on the stovetop so I could see when bubbles were just starting to form.

The color is a bright yellow/amber, rather like I get from mint tea. The taste does have the sweet/umami/smooth characteristics I expect from white tea, but there weren’t any other flavors to distinguish it. It’s not bad, but it’s certainly not great. I would accept it if offered, but not recommend or offer it myself.

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Some notes on ratings:

I’d have separate rating scales for tea types if that were possible (probably Black, Flavored Black, Darjeeling/Dark Oolong, White/Green/Light Oolong, and Herbal) because the flavors and quality markers are just too different. A flavored black rated 100 isn’t better than every oolong I’ve ever drunk, just delicious for a flavored black.

Ratings are a combination of my enjoyment and the perceived quality – I do often demote teas a few points for artificial flavorings, small quantity of steeps supported, or weakness of flavor (requiring extra leaf).

I pay less attention to the number than the order of my ratings; I don’t necessarily keep a stock of everything rated 80+, but if two breakfast blends are rated 82 and 84 I consistently enjoy the 84 more.

And in case it’s not obvious? I am not an expert. I don’t even know what I like until I taste it sometimes, but I’m ok with that :) I like learning to like new teas, as well as enjoying the comfort of familiar ones.


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