Man, it was a struggle getting through this tea. I don’t do well with darker oolongs in general but this one was rougher than most. It has a thick, oily mouthfeel and a taste that can best be described as drinking tar. Can’t taste much beyond the roast other than a little licorice and an odd medicinal note that reminds me of Tylenol. After about 4 steeps, the oiliness fades and you get a nice toasted nut flavor. No sweetness or discernable fruity flavors.

I steeped this for 5 times, starting at 185 F for steep times of 2, 3, 5, 7, and 10 minutes.

Flavors: Char, Medicinal, Tar

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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My Rating Criteria:

95 to 100: Top shelf stuff. Loved this tea and highly recommend it

90 to 94: Excellent. Enjoyed this tea and would likely repurchase

80 to 89: Good but not great. I liked it though it may be lacking in some aspects. I’ll finish it but probably won’t buy again

70 to 79: Average at best. Not terrible but wouldn’t willingly drink again

60 to 69: Sub-par. Low quality tea, barely palatable

59 and below: Bleh

Fell into tea years ago, and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and a few flavored teas. My tea epiphany came a few years ago when I discovered jade oolongs. That was the gateway drug to the world of fine tea and teaware.

With the exception of a handful of lightly scented teas, I drink mostly straight tea. I love fresh green and floral flavors and as such, green tea and Taiwanese oolongs will always have a place in my cupboard. After avoiding black tea forever, Chinese blacks are beginning to grow on me. I’ve dipped my toe into a few puerhs now but it’s still relatively new territory for me. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

Other non-tea interests include: cooking, reading, nature, MMA, traveling when I can, and of course putzing around on the interwebs.

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