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This was part of my “three tea mystery grab bag” purchase, and was definitely the one I was most excited to try after sniffing the leaves (what tea purchaser doesn’t immediately open all of their mailed teas and smell them, eh?). The leaves are also lovely and curled/twisted and black with gold-red highlights ( I took a crappy phone pic for steepster).

The aroma of leaf and steeped liquid is dusty rose, malt and grape, bearing some similarities to Darjeeling.

Tangy-sweet muscatel, stonefruit and floral rose are the most prominent notes. A faint hint of pepper. Malt is also present and incredibly smooth and syrupy – You know how some lagers are like super boring and taste like funky water for most of the mouthful, but then, BAM, you’re smacked with the finish of decadent honey-malt syrupy goodness? It’s like that except you don’t have to wait each mouthful for “payoff”.

Ok, so I enjoyed the few Darjeeling teas I’ve tried but never tend to buy them because I don’t love their tendency for astringency. This tea has all the qualities I loved about my favourite Darjeeling experiences minus that big con. There is some pleasant astringency but nowhere near the level of some of the first steep Darjeeling teas I’ve had.

This tea is just so incredibly smooth and full-bodied and hits all the right notes for me (I’m a rose note person). I don’t know how this would hold up with connoisseurs of Darjeeling or Nepalese teas but it’s more than perfect for my pedestrian tastes. Wish it was available for purchase!

Steep Count: 2

(2019 harvest)

Flavors: Floral, Grapes, Honey, Malt, Muscatel, Pepper, Plums, Rose, Stonefruits

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp
Leafhopper

I’m guilty of opening and smelling all my newly arrived teas, too. :) What-Cha always seems to source good Darjeelings and Nepalese teas.

Nattie

I’m always sniffing my teas! When they arrive, when I’m about to steep them, several times while they’re steeping, after steeping, and constantly while drinking. Haha. It’s part of the experience! (:

What-Cha

Very glad you liked it, I got a small quantity via a wholesaler but will try to order it directly with Pathivara this year, and if I’m successful it should appear for sale on the website :)

CrowKettle

Fantastic! Here’s hoping – otherwise, I’m open to similar recommendations! :)

Mastress Alita

I actually stopped the habit of “opening and sniffing” because it would take me so long to getting around to actually drinking the tea, that if the packages were sealed, at least then the leaf would be better preserved… * has problems *

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Leafhopper

I’m guilty of opening and smelling all my newly arrived teas, too. :) What-Cha always seems to source good Darjeelings and Nepalese teas.

Nattie

I’m always sniffing my teas! When they arrive, when I’m about to steep them, several times while they’re steeping, after steeping, and constantly while drinking. Haha. It’s part of the experience! (:

What-Cha

Very glad you liked it, I got a small quantity via a wholesaler but will try to order it directly with Pathivara this year, and if I’m successful it should appear for sale on the website :)

CrowKettle

Fantastic! Here’s hoping – otherwise, I’m open to similar recommendations! :)

Mastress Alita

I actually stopped the habit of “opening and sniffing” because it would take me so long to getting around to actually drinking the tea, that if the packages were sealed, at least then the leaf would be better preserved… * has problems *

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

Favourite Flavours/Ingredients:

-Vanilla, Maple, Caramel, Cream, Toffee, Nougat, Marzipan
-All Citrus: Lime, Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot, Orange, Yuzu
-Anise, but not licorice
-Ginger or Clove-forward chai
-Rosemary
-Grass/Marine/Vegetal/Nutty Green teas
-Florals: Rose, Lavender, Jasmine…
-Musky and/or Woody Incense-like stuff: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Eucalyptus
-Berries: Blackberry, Raspberry, Currants, Blueberry, Elderberry
-Bananas, and most fruits actually.

Less Preferred Flavours/Ingredients:

-Stevia and most sweetners
-Cinnamon-forward chai/blends
-Apple & Cranberries
-Mango pieces (love mango outside of tea though)
-Coconut pieces (as a sub/filler ingredient)
-Metallic or overly artificial teas
-Cocoa Nibs, 95% of the time.

Subjective Rating System 3.0:

90-100: My absolute favourite tea. I’ll impulsively buy in large quantities and hoard like a dragon.

85-89: A favourite tea. I’ll try to keep this one around when it’s practical.

76-84: A good tea, but not one I’m likely to order again.

70-75: Alright, but I may have a few problems with quality, consistency, ingredient chemistry and/or personal preferences.

50-69: Average to mediocre cup.

11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea. I don’t give a lot of these ratings out, since I tend to grab tea I know will appeal to me.

1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This tea is the embodiment of the primordial swamp, the unholy abomination that is a chimera. It’s very gross and I’m almost positive it doesn’t exist.

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