This was another recent sipdown of mine. I finished the last of two sample pouches of this tea last night when I had difficulty settling down and going to sleep. I liked this one much more than I expected considering the black tea What-Cha sources from the same producer did not do much for me.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a brief rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 167 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was chased by 15 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, and 5 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves emitted aromas of toasted corn, soybean, and grass that were underscored by fleeting hints of honey. After the rinse, I noted the emergence of a stronger toasted corn aroma alongside a more delicate roasted chestnut scent. The first infusion introduced aromas of sugarcane and zucchini. In the mouth, the tea liquor presented delicate notes of toasted corn, grass, roasted chestnut, zucchini, and soybean that were underscored by hints of sugarcane, seaweed, and spinach. Scents of seaweed, spinach, and peas emerged on the following infusions. Honey notes appeared in the mouth along with impressions of umami, minerals, toasted rice, butter, peas, cream, and green beans. The final few infusions offered delicate mineral, grass, spinach, and seaweed notes that were balanced by toasted rice, toasted corn, cream, and butter impressions.

This struck me as a very interesting tea. In terms of aroma and flavor, it reminded me of some of the Japanese and Korean green teas with which I have been experimenting. It, however, did retain the strong vegetable and soybean notes as well as the subtle sweetness I often associate with Laoshan green teas. I also must state that I was surprised and impressed by this tea’s longevity. Overall, I found this to be a high quality offering.

Flavors: Butter, Chestnut, Cream, Grass, Green Beans, Honey, Mineral, Peas, Seaweed, Soybean, Spinach, Sugarcane, Toasted, Toasted Rice, Umami, Zucchini

6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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My grading criteria for tea is as follows:

90-100: Exceptional. I love this stuff. If I can get it, I will drink it pretty much every day.

80-89: Very good. I really like this stuff and wouldn’t mind keeping it around for regular consumption.

70-79: Good. I like this stuff, but may or may not reach for it regularly.

60-69: Solid. I rather like this stuff and think it’s a little bit better-than-average. I’ll drink it with no complaints, but am more likely to reach for something I find more enjoyable than revisit it with regularity.

50-59: Average. I find this stuff to be more or less okay, but it is highly doubtful that I will revisit it in the near future if at all.

40-49: A little below average. I don’t really care for this tea and likely won’t have it again.

39 and lower: Varying degrees of yucky.

Don’t be surprised if my average scores are a bit on the high side because I tend to know what I like and what I dislike and will steer clear of teas I am likely to find unappealing.



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