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Shibi is my favorite high mountain cultivar and a regular TTC purchase. But this particular harvest was a real dud. It had the familiar aromas of wildflowers, custard, and vanilla. The actual flavor however was weak and pretty bland. Don’t know if my sample was old or what but it didn’t even taste like the same Shibi oolong that I’ve come to know and love. Ended up cold brewing the rest of my stash.

Flavors: Flowers

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190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 g 2 OZ / 45 ML
Leafhopper

That’s too bad. Shibi oolong is a favourite of mine, too. I have the winter 2019 version and hope it will be better.

LuckyMe

I had the Winter 2019 version before this one and it was really good. Shibi tends to be consistently good so not sure what happened here.

Leafhopper

That’s good to know. I actually remembered after I posted my comment that I do have 25 g of the spring 2019 Shibi. I guess you can’t win them all. :)

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Leafhopper

That’s too bad. Shibi oolong is a favourite of mine, too. I have the winter 2019 version and hope it will be better.

LuckyMe

I had the Winter 2019 version before this one and it was really good. Shibi tends to be consistently good so not sure what happened here.

Leafhopper

That’s good to know. I actually remembered after I posted my comment that I do have 25 g of the spring 2019 Shibi. I guess you can’t win them all. :)

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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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