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This was included in Teavivre’s great sample sale last year.  The dragon ball with yellow chrysanthemums is a slow unraveler in the first steep. Interestingly enough, I’m noticing more chrysanthemum flavors in this than the jasmine dragon ball has of jasmine.  But the chrysanthemum flavor seems to be gone by the second and third steeps.  I’m not too familiar with chrysanthemum, but it is a sweet floral flavor from these big blossoms that float to the top of the infuser while the dragon ball unfurls.  Otherwise, the black tea certainly has strong notes of cinnamon and cardamom somehow, which is odd for a Yunnan.  It’s very sweet like a dessert.  Very dark in the mug which isn’t surprising because once the dragon ball was unraveled, the leaves filled the entire basket infuser.  Though dark, the tea remained sweet.  This is an interesting flavor combination – a change from the usual.  Three very solid steeps. 
Harvest: 2018

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

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