I’m mixed on this tea. On the one hand it has a good medium body with a roasted peanut taste and great viscousness in the mouth. However, a couple imperfections which will keep me from investing in a brick. It has an acrid aftertaste which lingers on the tongue; it’s not an unnatural taste that feels wrong or chemical but I don’t particularly care for it. It is an easy to deal with tea and is not picky and brews many steeps. There are underlying notes of sweetness which never fully form into a particular flavor and they go on to create that bitter aftertaste . This tea was first brewed at 185 steeped until I found the taste pleasant (3 minutes apx) with a large amount of leaf and taken out and resteeped at 195 F for 5 minutes or so. I’ve had other Hei Chas and this one does not have the sweetness I really enjoy. The flavors are simultaneously too flat and too complex. Yu initially expect great things of it with the robust, sweet flavor coming immediately to the forefront but it never evolves and instead leaves you with contradicting flavors and a bitter , lingering sour note. Normally I don’t mind teas which are little basic but this does not work for me.

Flavors: Bitter, Peanut, Sweet

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Hello! I’m an avid tea drinker here to keep track of some of the teas I’ve really enjoyed. I love ‘most’ teas but tend to go through phases where I’ll drink more black/white/green/whatever teas. Currently in the aged tea phase. Anything in the ‘cupboard’ is what I consider a favorite.

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