Backlog: Got 100 grams of this because I thought I’d really like it. Renegade Tea mostly does large servings of 50 grams, and I almost picked the white, but I decided too late as it ran out of stock so I got more of this tea and an older one, First Kiss, which is no longer on the site.

This one’s extremely floral and heavy with Lilac, and juicy and smooth like cranberry juice. In contrast to the sweeter notes, it’s got a little bit of a buckwheat dryness behind the floral component.

I haven’t done a proper session with this one in a while, but it’s a soft, resilient tea lacking astringency. It can get a little bitter like jasmine after an extremely long steep, so grandpa style might not be the way to go unless I figure it out a different way.

That’s all I’ll right for now, but it’s a tea I’m having a hard time getting through. I enjoy it when I have it, but I have to be in the mood for it.

Flavors: Cranberry, Drying, Floral, Grain, Jasmine, Wheat, Wood, Yams

Leafhopper

Your reviews of the teas you sent always make me want to get to them! How did I end up with such a large backlog? Surely it doesn’t have anything to do with my tea-buying habits…

Daylon R Thomas

Lol you should have some of this one from our last swap-so not to worry!

Daylon R Thomas

And it’s thanks to the swaps and traveling tea boxes. I’ve just slowly caught up on my backlog with more to go. Did you get to try this one yet? I wanted to see what someone else thought of it pretty badly because it’s extremely unique for a black. The dryness is what personally makes me undecided about the tea so far, but it’s really nice in cooler weather.

Leafhopper

Yes, you gave me 50 g in our last swap. :) I’ve been holding off on it partly because I’ve been finishing off other black teas and partly because I remember you telling me the brewing parameters were unusual. Cooler weather is a few months away, so I may have to try it before then.

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Leafhopper

Your reviews of the teas you sent always make me want to get to them! How did I end up with such a large backlog? Surely it doesn’t have anything to do with my tea-buying habits…

Daylon R Thomas

Lol you should have some of this one from our last swap-so not to worry!

Daylon R Thomas

And it’s thanks to the swaps and traveling tea boxes. I’ve just slowly caught up on my backlog with more to go. Did you get to try this one yet? I wanted to see what someone else thought of it pretty badly because it’s extremely unique for a black. The dryness is what personally makes me undecided about the tea so far, but it’s really nice in cooler weather.

Leafhopper

Yes, you gave me 50 g in our last swap. :) I’ve been holding off on it partly because I’ve been finishing off other black teas and partly because I remember you telling me the brewing parameters were unusual. Cooler weather is a few months away, so I may have to try it before then.

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Grand Crew Teas
Wuyi Origins Jin Jun Mei Sampler
What-Cha Jin Jun Mei
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

Me:

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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