This tea is almost all golden buds (Special Grade) and is supposed to be a step above the Aprtea’s Jin Jun Mei First Grade that I liked quite a bit but I was not swept off my feet by any means. And looks and smells great but tastes to subtle if you steep it Western for a minute or two. Almost like a white tea. I had to increase the steeping time to 34 minutes and the flavors emerged but the long steep brought forward strong currents of malt, dark chocolate and sweet potato and they kind a drowned that special Jin Jun Mei subtle sweetness.

It was still a good, enjoyable tea that resteeps quite well but it came off a bit unbalanced and not particularly special.

Flavors: Berries, Dark Chocolate, Honey, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

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I like to drink teas to recreate a specific mood, or just to take a break at work. The world of tea is so endless, patiently waiting for exploration and rewarding you in many ways big and small.

I am looking forward to years of playing with tea leaves, gaiwans, cups, and YouTube videos.

My ratings:

90 or more – a very good/excellent tea, I can see myself ordering it again.

80-89 – it is a good tea, I enjoyed it but not enough to reorder.

70-79 – an OK, drinkable tea but there are certainly much better options even in the same class/type.

60-69 – this tea has such major flaws that you have to force yourself to finish what you ordered.

<60 – truly horrible teas that must be avoided at all costs.



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