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I think both BLT’s description and TJ Elite’s review are spot on. It’s a lovely tea that is true to the Naka terroir. You are paying for the name of course, but the price is reasonable I’d say.

The dragon balls open fast and the rinse has a good depth with a bitter and mineral character (that is a recurring theme) and a hint of chard. Aroma in the gaiwan is sweet and flowery with notes of sugarcane, candy, and grass compost.

First couple of steeps have medium body and a moderate bitterness with sweet, grassy and floral profile. It is complemented by flavours of sunflower, green olives and a touch of apricot. Around fourth infusion, the liquor becomes quite numbing and the bitterness intensifies. It’s kind of like a mix of bitter greans growing in high altitude, rocky environment.

The aftertaste is very cooling with a mild sweetness, buttery texture, and a protracted sweet vegetal bite.

Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFJSM3kvBQ4

Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Candy, Compost, Floral, Flowers, Grass, Mineral, Olives, Plants, Sugarcane, Sweet, Vegetal, Wet Rocks

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Currently, I am a PhD student at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario. Apart from teas and mathematics, I enjoy sports and traveling, as well as music of all kinds. Connect at https://rateyourmusic.com/~Togo

I have been a fan of green tea for a while and I started exploring other kinds of tea in greater depth only in 2017. I rarely drink blends and generally avoid artificially scented teas. Other than that I try to keep it varied.

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100 _ Unforgettable tea, an experience that changes your life.
90 – 100 _ Excellent tea.
80 – 90 _ Very enjoyable, I will buy again.
70 – 80 _ I enjoyed it, but I most likely won’t be buying it again.
60 – 70 _ Decent.
50 – 60 _ Average, forgettable.
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