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I normally enjoy Laoshan tea but this recent harvest isn’t doing it for me. It’s got the usual vegetal notes – zucchini, edamame, and cilantro being the prominent ones I picked out – but something about it tastes off, like overripe fruit. It reminds me of pears or honeydew that sat out too long. At the moment, it’s been banished to my work stash where my less loved but still palatable teas go. It tastes better cold brewed or blended with a flavored tea so that’s probably how I’ll drink the rest of it.

Flavors: Coriander, Pear, Soybean, Zucchini

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 96 ML
Inkling

How disappointing! :(

tea-sipper

hmm.. I don’t know if I’m usually noticing an overripe fruit note with this one, but it sounds interesting.

LuckyMe

@tea-sipper, usually this is a good tea but something is a little different about the taste this time. Could also have been affected by keeping it in cold storage

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Inkling

How disappointing! :(

tea-sipper

hmm.. I don’t know if I’m usually noticing an overripe fruit note with this one, but it sounds interesting.

LuckyMe

@tea-sipper, usually this is a good tea but something is a little different about the taste this time. Could also have been affected by keeping it in cold storage

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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.

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