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Monday off since I work this coming Saturday, and I felt in the mood to pull out the adorable tiny pumpkin and do gong fu. One Chinese black sampler from Dazzle Deer left, a sealed April 2017 harvest. Old, but it’ll do.

Dry leaf smells delightfully of orange rind and sweet potato. Filled my 180ml capacity pot just to 120ml to steep the 5g of leaf in the sampler.

120ml (of 180ml) mini pot | 5g | 205F | 3s/5s/10s/20s/30s/45s/60s

Wet leaf has an even stronger sweet potato/yam aroma, as well as something sharp and fruity… nectarine? First steep has a mellow smokiness, orange rind, a strong stonefruit presense at the back of my tongue, a bit of malt/molasses, and sweet potato. Much stronger smoky/malt/sweet potato notes on subsequent steeps, with the fruitiness becoming a little less pronounced, save an orange rind tang at the back of my throat in the aftertaste. In the fifth steep a lemon citrus flavor came forward in the sip. The citrus flavor became stronger in the final steeps, and the stonefruit notes that had emerged in that first steep never did reappear.

Overall, a very satisfying and enjoyable Chinese black, and a tea type I definitely will have to try out further in the future.

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Lemon, Malt, Molasses, Orange Zest, Smoke, Smooth, Stonefruit, Sweet Potatoes, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Cameron B.

Is the tiny pumpkin a yixing pot?! Sounds adorable either way. And I’ve never heard of this Dazzle Deer…

Mastress Alita

It is not yixing… I admit I purposefully avoid yixing because I don’t have the space to have multiple teaware pieces to “season” to different tea types, so I need brewing vessels I can use for any type of tea. It’s a bronze-glaze ceramic, and so tiny and cute! I got it from Tangpin on Etsy, which had free shipping from China. It was a very good experience; the pieces arrived in the estimated time provided by Etsy, the shipping from China was FREE, and their prices were quite reasonable. They also included a free tea towel and tongs. I really love the little pumpkin and bronze cup I got to go with!

This is what the pot looks like: https://www.etsy.com/listing/771141862/tangpin-tea-ceramic-teapots-pumpkin-tea?ref=shop_home_active_61&pro=1&frs=1

Cameron B.

OMG it’s the cutest ever! I was thinking of yixing because I have seen some pumpkin-shaped ones, but this is even more pumpkin! So perfect for fall. ❤

Leafhopper

Yum! I love those sweet potato-flavoured Yunnan black teas!

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Cameron B.

Is the tiny pumpkin a yixing pot?! Sounds adorable either way. And I’ve never heard of this Dazzle Deer…

Mastress Alita

It is not yixing… I admit I purposefully avoid yixing because I don’t have the space to have multiple teaware pieces to “season” to different tea types, so I need brewing vessels I can use for any type of tea. It’s a bronze-glaze ceramic, and so tiny and cute! I got it from Tangpin on Etsy, which had free shipping from China. It was a very good experience; the pieces arrived in the estimated time provided by Etsy, the shipping from China was FREE, and their prices were quite reasonable. They also included a free tea towel and tongs. I really love the little pumpkin and bronze cup I got to go with!

This is what the pot looks like: https://www.etsy.com/listing/771141862/tangpin-tea-ceramic-teapots-pumpkin-tea?ref=shop_home_active_61&pro=1&frs=1

Cameron B.

OMG it’s the cutest ever! I was thinking of yixing because I have seen some pumpkin-shaped ones, but this is even more pumpkin! So perfect for fall. ❤

Leafhopper

Yum! I love those sweet potato-flavoured Yunnan black teas!

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