Blind caked this one, mostly because it was cheap, Dayi, and the wrapper looks gorgeous.

Compression is on the loose side for a factory cake. The smell of the dry leaf is quite funky, almost fishy, so I gave it three rinses. It brews a nice red-brown color and not too murky. The taste is nice, earthy with hints of cocoa and a definite dried fruit note. There is a noticeable date/dried apricot aftertaste. The mouthfeel is on the brothy side, not very clean but this may improve with age. This is the opposite of a woody/camphorous ripe, I don’t get any of those flavors.

This is a good tea, a little funky but that should fade with age. Definitely a good buy right now.

Flavors: Apricot, Cocoa, Dark Wood, Dates, Fruity, Wet Earth

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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Tea addict since around 2011.

My favorites are pu’erhs, blacks/reds, and roasted oolongs, but I have a growing interest in good whites, and sometimes enjoy greens.

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I started a tea blog in February 2018, though admittedly I haven’t updated it much lately.

When I give a tea a numerical rating it’s simply meant to reflect a balance of how well I enjoyed the tea and how it compares to others of the same style. I don’t follow any universal rating criteria, and my ratings are mainly meant for my own use, to remember what I though of a tea and if I want to repurchase.


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