I’ve been drinking this tea every now and then for the past few months. The good: this just might be the best Ali Shan I’ve tried, interesting and satisfying, and has a tendency to bring a good mood after a couple of cups. The bad: I really disliked how buttery it could be, since I’ve never managed to get a solid body from the tea. Not even when I did the insane thing and overbrewed a huge amount of leaves. I wonder if good quality Ali Shan is supposed to have a body that thin – if it is, I guess it’s just not for me.

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I work in a tea shop. The shop in question mostly sells Mariage Freres teas, so I drink a lot of those.

Chinese black teas are currently my favorite teas, especially Dianhongs, Keemuns, and occasionally Lapsang Souchong. I also love Thai black teas when I can get my hands on them. Of herbal teas, I only drink rooibos and have a strong dislike towards anything that has too much camomile, lavender, etc.

At this point, I’m trying to get a working knowledge of Chinese green teas and Chinese and Thai oolongs.


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