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Drinking this before I take a power nap in preparation for essay writing later tonight!

At first I was a little disappointed to receive this as a free sample; it’s what I got last time too! Then I saw that it was this year’s harvest- so it is technically a different tea. Queue more enthusiasm!

I’m finding this new batch to be a brisker, darker, albeit less sweet, cup than my first round with good old 2016. It goes places that wouldn’t surprise me in black or bug-bitten tea. There’s malt, raisin/prunes, dark wildflower honey, and marmalade or blackberry-like tang. There’s a slight floral-vegetal note that I associate with some Darjeelings too.

Also, thank you, Alistair and What-Cha, for the lovely sample! You carry some pretty special teas, and you’ve put Choke Chamreon Tea Estate on my radar (need to check out more Thai teas).

Steep count: 2

(2017 spring harvest)

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Blackberry, Brandy, Dark Chocolate, Floral, Honey, Malt, Plum, Raisins, Stonefruit

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

My favourites are teas like Milk Oolong, Silver Needle,and Japanese Sencha/Gyokuro, or fruity and floral flavoured ones. However, I generally enjoy ALL the teas, including a good old cup of Earl Grey or Breakfast blend.

FAVOURITE INGREDIENTS/NOTES:

DESSERT FLAVOURS
Vanilla, Maple, Caramel, Butterscotch, Cream, Toffee, Nougat, Marzipan, Butter

FRUIT & BERRIES
Blackberry, Raspberry, Currants, Blueberry, Elderberry, Banana, Melon, Pineapple, Persimmon, Rhubarb, Passionfruit..

CITRUS
Lime, Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot, Yuzu (orange is a hit or miss)

SPICES
Anise (but not licorice), Ginger, Clove-forward chai

AROMATIC & HERBACEOUS NOTES
Musky, “Fresh,” and/or Woody Incense-like stuff: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Mints

FLORALS
Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Lilac, Violet, etc. ALL the flowers!

VEGGIE/GRAIN NOTES
Spinach, Grass, Hay, Cucumber, Rice, Sweet Potato

Less Preferred Flavours/Ingredients:

- Stevia and most sweeteners
- Cinnamon-forward blends
- Prunes
- Dark Roasts (oolong)
- Mango pieces (love mango outside of tea though)
- Cocoa Nibs, 95% of the time.
- Almond

Subjective Rating System:
I don’t give a lot of low ratings out, since a) I tend to grab tea I know will appeal to me, and b) I don’t have a lot of dislikes.

90-100: Favourites. The Desert Island Teas.
80-89: Loved teas. Possibly staple-worthy.
70-79: Good teas, but I’m less likely to repurchase. Minor quibbles.
60-69: Ok teas. Likely a few preference and/or quality issues.
50-59: Cup of meh. Will do in a pinch.
11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea.
1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This tea is the embodiment of the primordial swamp, an unholy abomination. It’s very gross and I’m almost positive it doesn’t exist.

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BC, Canada

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