The dry leaves of this one are really lovely – lots of fuzzy golden buds. They’re pretty light and fluffy, so my standard 3g turned out to be 2-3 tsp. The dry aroma is light and a bit spicy. The liquor has a classic yunnan base flavour – rich, malty and earthy… and then there are some spicy and fruity notes in the aroma and at the end of the sip. It does have that creamy mouthfeel from the fuzzy leaves. It’s a very good but fairly typical tippy yunnan black. It’ll be interesting to see how it compares to the other teas in my order. :)

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Well it has been over a year and everyone I know thinks my tea obsession is a bit out of hand, so… I guess I’m not a total newbie anymore. :)

I’m drinking a lot more pure tea these days, though I still love a good flavoured blend too. Current favourites: Chinese and Taiwanese blacks, fresh Chinese greens, oolongs both green and roasted, sheng puer.

I really love companies that buy directly from tea farmers, and have an emphasis on quality and sustainability. Favourites: Verdant, Whispering Pines, Eco Cha, White 2 Tea. I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere, so I buy almost all my tea online.

For hot tea, I’m usually brewing in either a 100ml gaiwan, or a 10oz mug with a steeping basket. For cold tea, I cold brew overnight in 500ml mason jars.

My cupboard on Steepster doesn’t include small samples, just the ones I have at least 15g of. So if you see something you’re interested in, I probably have enough to share. :)


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