A brilliant selection, with velvety complexity which is well worth the price. The golden oxidized tea buds are beautiful to look at. Brewed, golden-orange in color, fading to sunglow nearing the edges. Intense aromas of malt and wood with notes of orange zest and almond. Very silky and creamy with a dynamic palate that ranges from sweet potato and raisins to honey, coco and almonds finishing very sweet and long with balanced flint-like mineral acidity and very slight astringency. The honey notes increased as the tea cools, which added to the progressive experience. One of the best teas I have had in a while.

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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A Food and Beverage professional for over 15 years in Chicago Illinois and professional musician. Studying tea, along with wine, beer, spirits and food has been a lifetime passion.
Aside from my service profession I am a private music teacher and music director for multiple music ensembles including The Chicago Zither Orchestra.
Pastimes include composing instrumental music, collecting and listening to historical and rare classical music recordings, gourmet cooking and enjoying the sport of baseball.

Tea: I am really into a wide variety of teas. I tend to avoid flavored teas but will try herbal teas. If I had to list favorites I am a fan of Japanese shaded green teas, Darjeeling 1st flushes, Assam 2nd flushes, Pu-erh (sheng and shou), Oolongs and delicate refined whites. I really do not have a favorite tea, just as I do not have a favorite food, wine, artist or composer… as there are just far too many enjoyable variables and differences that can be “my favorite” depending on the context.

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