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Was feeling bored of the teas in my regular rotation and decided to dig into my stash for something new. I chose this tea that had been sitting around for a few months and it turned out to be an excellent choice. This is a delicious dan cong with lots of fruitiness and a smooth as silk mouthfeel.

The name of this tea translates to “Apricot Flower Aroma” and is processed to mimic its namesake. I’ve never smelled an apricot flower, but I definitely tasted a subtle underlying tone of dried apricot. I also detected notes of cedar, saffron, a little spice, and some musk. The roast on this tea is light which produces a clear, yellow-green tinged liquor. It’s wonderfully smooth with a bright, crisp flavor and mouthfeel. I flashed steeped it for 7 infusions with boiling water and encountered almost no bitterness or astringency.

Flavors: Apricot, Cedar, Fruity, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 g 3 OZ / 88 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 many years ago and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and flavored Teavana teas. My tea epiphany happened when I discovered jade oolongs. That was my gateway drug to the world of high quality tea and teaware.

For the most part, I drink straight tea but do appreciate a good flavored tea on occasion. 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 have started to grow on me. I’m less enthusiastic about puerh though. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

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

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