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The air was thick with humidity today. The marine layer that deposited a fine mist in the air this morning decided to stick around, leaving the day overcast and balmy. In an introverted mood, this evening I finally treated myself to a solo sushi dinner as congratulations for promotion. The booth I sat in gives an unobstructed view to the mountains in the east which were shrouded in fog to a low elevation. I could feel the possibility of rain approaching. I checked the forecast, and sure enough, it called for showers tonight. At home, as I now sit, I can hear the sound of passing cars on wet pavement.

I’ve been drinking the four Japanese teas in my cupboard this week, as the change of the angle of the sun has signaled that autumn is approaching. Nevermind that we don’t get much of an autumn here compared to my home state. If we are lucky to get rain, the transition from dry season to wet can be rather abrupt around November. The rain this evening marks the second out of season precipitation we’ve had in a few weeks. I pray for more rain.

This makes a very pleasant bowl tea for my mood and the weather. The leaf is in great shape, lots of whole leaf and it’s all very shiny. Shiny, somehow both pliable and brittle leaves various shades of roasted brown that sink within several minutes, leaving only the stems to float. Mellow taste. A broth of sweet mushroom and roasted barley, dry florals, a little bit of soy sauce. The florality is the same as what I get from What-Cha’s Okinawa sencha and from Totem Tea’s Kuwacha mulberry leaf processed like sencha.

This is an interesting tea. I think it is considered fermented. I will have to do some reading to learn more.

Flavors: Broth, Caramel, Floral, Licorice Root, Mushrooms, Nuts, Roasted Barley, Smooth, Soy Sauce, Spring Water, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
gmathis

If I haven’t told you how much I love reading your reviews, I am now. Your quiet evening sounds absolutely delicious.

derk

The reverence is mutual.

Lexie Aleah

Your writing gives me chills here!

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gmathis

If I haven’t told you how much I love reading your reviews, I am now. Your quiet evening sounds absolutely delicious.

derk

The reverence is mutual.

Lexie Aleah

Your writing gives me chills here!

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I most enjoy loose-leaf, unflavored teas and tisanes. Teabags have their place. Some of my favorite teas have a profound effect on mind and body rather than having a specific flavor profile. Terpene fiend.

Favorite teas generally come from China (all provinces), Taiwan, India (Nilgiri and Manipur). Frequently enjoyed though less sipped are teas from Georgia, Japan, Nepal and Darjeeling. While I’m not actively on the hunt, a goal of mine is to try tea from every country that makes it available to the North American market. This is to gain a vague understanding of how Camellia sinensis performs in different climates. I realize that borders are arbitrary and some countries are huge with many climates and tea-growing regions.

I’m convinced European countries make the best herbal teas.

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100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.

89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again.

79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.

69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.

59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.

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