Wow: This is really good. This is one of 9 samples I bought recently from Marzipan.

Starts with a strong grassy nose and taste, but the taste has an undercurrent of darker, richer tea. Initially, the two flavors don’t blend, but interact: weaving like chamber music. Long, sweet finish. Later sips are better integrated, but the different flavors are still there, with the nose especially grassy and the finish darker. As it cools, the flavor seems more like straw than grass, and the finish becomes more prominent.

I was going to bring this into work, but the quality is too high! I wish I had more of this than just a 10 gram sample but it is no longer on the web site, so I presume it has been sold out. No surprise there.

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My ratings will usually be based on multiple tastings. Oolong teas are generally 3 grams of tea in 6 oz water for 1 minute. Black teas are 1.5 grams of tea in 6 oz water for 3-4 minutes. Pu-erh is 3 grams in 2.5 oz, generally 10, 10, 20, 30, 60 sec. Since I use less tea, 6 sessions is equivalent to twice that many for people who use 7 grams of tea.

My numerical ratings are all based on how much enjoyment I took from the tea. Since I prefer blacks and oolongs, they will receive higher scores. I also give a couple of extra points to decafs, just because I can drink them in the evening without staying up half the night. I don’t dislike flavored teas, but find that they lack the complexity of finer teas.

90-100 = superior, worth a high price
80-89 = Excellent. Will buy again
70-79 = Good tea, but probably won’t buy
60-69 = Nothing really wrong, but…
Below 60 = Wouldn’t drink again. Probably didn’t finish

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