Short review:

Getting close to the end of my sample stash. This was a neat little oolong tea that honestly does not taste like regular tieguanyin at all.

This tea is quite savory and has a similar smoked wood/charcoal flavour as houjicha. Unlike houjicha, there is a bit of sweetness that can be gleamed from the tea. There is no bitterness, no matter if you do a short steep or a very long one (forgot one steep, was suppose to be 20s and ended up to be 5 minutes. Was completely fine though, not overbearing at all).

Strong sandalwood notes and I would say there’s a bit of vanilla or sugarcane sweetness in the back. This tea is a more woody, charcoal than compared to regular tieguanyin, which is floral instead. If we could say that tieguanyin is a sort of ‘light’ tea, this one’s a rather ‘dark’ tea. Decent tea overall, but too ‘rough’ to be taken as a light tea — requires the mood and time to truly enjoy it.

Flavors: Roasted, Sugarcane, Umami, Vanilla, Wood

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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My grading criteria for tea is as follows:

90-100: Phenomenal tea right here. Drinking this is just a wonderful treat.

85-89: Extremely good tea but it’s just missing that one thing to make it exceptional.

80-84: Very good tea. May not be the best, but it certainly is excellent for the times that you crave them.

70-79: Good tea. The types of teas that have that one characteristic to them that makes it worthwhile despite lacking in all the other areas

60-69: Average tea. Doesn’t excel at anything but isn’t’ horrible in anything either.

40-59: Below average tea. I can see how someone else would like this tea but I definitely don’t like it. Could be an issue with my brewing or just my taste in general. If it’s a brewing issue, rating will be adjusted accordingly.

0-39: How is this tea. Better beverages could be made by grabbing a clump of dead grass from my front lawn.


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