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Thank you for this incredibly generous sample, Terroir. Now, I realize I should have gotten more of this when it was half off. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the time with it.

Of course, the company’s notes are on point western, and mostly gong fu. I likely over leafed my sample gong fu. being close to 7 grams in a small vessel, but it kept on giving more cups and was crystalline in body. Osmanthus and corn are the most prevalent flavors this tea possess with a little bit of a side of butter in the aroma. The florals were prevalent in the very faint yet noticeable scent. There was of course some viscousity and occasional green notes, but the osmanthus was the most clear with some other hints like almond or spice. I swear I got nutmeg in the second and third steeps gong fu in the aftertaste. I could have imagined it, but since there is a very light roast to this baby, I might not be wrong.

This tea does go through some evolutions gong fu and western, albeit at slight rate. Nutmeg, honey, corn, and honeydew were in the gong fu sessions, and osmanthus with different variances in the texture were more common western. Sometimes, the liquor was as light and clear as morning dew, or more appropriately, morning mists as fresh as the mountainous imagery that Terroir sells the tea with. Other times, it was dry and heady, or as smooth and unassuming as fresh cucumbers. To think I would get six cups western, and 13 that over leafed gong fu session.

My description of this one is honestly unoriginal, so I’ll polish it up with the few things I found distinguishable about it. One, it was light but flavorful and very easy to drink. Two, it had the right amount of caffiene and L-theanine to sustain me into the morning. Three, the osmanthus note combined with whatever the nutmeg aftertaste I got was welcoming. I would easily recommend this tea to a newer drinker, and I do not think this tea will disappoint those who like it on the lighter side when a light tea is done right. I’m not sure that I would pay $19 for 50 grams because it was priced at $9.50 when I almost got it, but I do not think it’s entirely unreasonable and Terroir definitely has some good tea. I only say that because I’ve seen companies charge as much as $24 for Alishan that was not as good.

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Tillerman Tea Traditional Oxidation Oolong
Tillerman Tea Phoenix Village Dong Dings
Good Luxurious Work Teas
A good Qilan
Best Sachet Teas

Dislikes: Heavy Tannin, Astringency, Bitterness, or Fake Flavor, Overly herby herbal or aged teas

Picky with: Higher Oxidation Oolongs, Red Oolongs (Some I love, others give me headaches or are almost too sweet), Mint Teas

Currently, my stash is overflowing. Among my favorites are What-Cha’s Lishan Black, Amber Gaba Oolong, Lishan Oolong, Qilan Oolong, White Rhino, Kenya Silver Needle, Tong Mu Lapsang Black (Unsmoked); Whispering Pines Alice, Taiwaneese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong

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I am an MSU graduate, and current alternative ed. high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), practice calisthenics on rings, lift weights, workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii. Eastern Asian influence was prominent with my friends and where I grew up, so I’ve been exposed to some tea culture at a young age. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.

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