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So once upon a time (actually, a few years ago, when I was first on Steepster), I really loved Chinese black teas, and especially Yunnan black teas. So now that I’m drinking tea again, I had to order a few to try from Yunnan Sourcing, just to see if I still feel the same way. I chose Fu Shou Mei Feng Qing, High Mountain Red Ai Lao, and this tea. Because come on, anything with “Honey Aroma” in the name needs to be tried! ;) Plus I wanted some variety.

Some of my favorite teas that I remember were the lovely golden varieties. This is no exception, the leaves are long and slender and covered with golden hairs. Lovely! I followed the Western parameters from a similar tea on Teavivre (because YS only has Gongfu parameters). I sort of eyeballed the amount of tea instead of weighing it for some reason… (shrugs)

The resulting brew is light, and it smells and tastes just as I remember. The predominant note is malty sweet potato, alongside lightly toasted bread and honey. Perhaps a touch of apricot adding a bit of fruitiness (okay, now I want buttered toast with apricot jam…). At the end, there is a light floral finish, making me think of honeysuckle.

I’m happy to find that I still love this type of black tea, despite drinking mostly flavored teas these days! Will definitely be trying more once I’ve worked my way through these selections.

I’m going to hold off on a rating, since I don’t really have anything to compare this with. But I highly recommend it!

Flavors: Apricot, Baked Bread, Creamy, Floral, Honey, Honeysuckle, Malt, Smooth, Sweet Potatoes, Toast

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m 29 years old and currently living in Austin, Texas with my boyfriend of 5 years. We’re both software engineers, currently working in the field of Machine Learning. I am a staunch lover of pugs and other squishy-faced dogs, although sadly I do not currently have one.

I am also an avid yarn collector (errr, I mean knitter!) when the hot Austin weather allows for it… Find me on Ravelry under the name LorenWeiss!

I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. I have recently started to brew gongfu cha style!

I love swaps! If you see something in my cupboard that you’d like to try, just let me know via PM!

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms, including black, green, oolong, and white teas, as well as maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I am open to more exploration of puerh, but it’s not generally one of my favorites. I am not often a fan of fruit-based tisanes.

My very favorite straight teas tend to be from China, Japan, or Taiwan. I also enjoy matcha!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially mango and pineapple.

Dessert: Again, all the things! I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I do very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. But I’m not crazy about rose and lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a main flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea. Smoke can be tasty when it’s not heavy-handed.

Favorite Purveyors:
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Taiwan Tea Crafts
Yunnan Sourcing

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age.

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Austin, Texas



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