I’ve been just enjoying my tea lately rather than rating; a combination of allergies and too much else going on. However, I need to catch up on my reviews of these samples from Wymm Tea.
I usually try to drink teas that are older than this. My first attempt I really enjoyed the flavors, but the tea was acidic and bothered my stomach. My conclusion was that it needed a lot more aging.
Shortly after this experience I read the review by Boychik saying she was careful not to oversteep the tea, so I tried a second pot with shorter steeps. This second pot was much more to my liking. The tea was smooth and sweet and very enjoyable. In both pots, the cha qi was so strong that I had to space out my cups in time or I would have been in such a fog that I couldn’t give an accurate review. (My unedited notes say : “Hard to tell where the finish ends and the strong cha qi takes over. I’m just sitting, enjoying the buzz”)
The flavor was a mix of wood and straw but at various times I detected toast in the aroma, and a bit of mineral. After about 4 steeps, it settled down into a very pleasant smooth straw flavor with caramel highlights. I’m at about the 10th steep now and it is still pleasant.
I really enjoyed the tea but hesitate to recommend it because it is quite pricey.