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Flavors: Apple, Cherry, Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Fruity, Malt, Pear, Plums, Red Fruits, Roasted, Spices, Stonefruits

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Delicious light woodiness and juicy apricot middle and aftertaste. The aftertaste lingers, with hints of orange blossom and pear.

I love the fruity flavors and the slightly drying tannins. Excellent morning or afternoon tea for a good price.

Flavors: Apricot, Orange Blossom, Pear, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Keemun by teasenz
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After playing with brewing times and steeping methods I typically use more leaf than usual with this tea, as it can steep a bit lighter than other keemuns I’ve tried.

I’ve been looking for fruitier keemun teas and this definitely ticks that box nicely. The flavors of smooth grape and dried fruit dominate, with intriguing hints of smoke and perhaps mineral floating overtop. If pushed with hotter water, notes of wet wood and a slight, pleasantly drying astringency emerge and give the tea a little more punch.

I tend to add an extra pinch of fresh tea to the second steeping just to keep the flavor going. The result is still lighter, with light juicy grape and dried red/purple fruits with an interesting swirl of light mineral and floral flavors lingering after the sip.

While lighter in flavor than I’d like, this tea is still smooth, sweet and hydrating, perfect for the morning or afternoon.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Grapes, Mineral, Smooth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95

Western Steeping Method
Dry Leaves: Soft dry chocolate and hay, sweet
Wet Leaves: Peanut, Caramel, Chocolate
Flavor: Delicious brown sugar, smooth chocolate and hints of peanut butter that I just can’t get enough of. Later steeps lean more caramel-chocolate and cane sugar. Definitely a sweet dessert-like tea that I’m looking forward to trying again!

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Chocolate, Peanut, Sugarcane

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Yi Mei Ren by Yunnan Sourcing
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It’s a bit tricky to pin down the aromas and flavors that this tea offers, but the wet leaves smell of dark chocolate and unripe plums while the flavor is a complex array of dark chocolate, plums, wood and toasted nuts.
The effect is overall delicious and fruity, with a light brisk mouthfeel. Highly recommended!

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Plums, Roasted nuts, Toasted, Wood

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80

I’ve given this tea another go, using more water and a slightly lower temp.

The leaves are not very aromatic, but there is a scent of dry chocolate perhaps.

The tea is very light and smooth, slightly malty with a sweet white grape juiciness and a hint of chocolate and wood in the background. There’s a lingering white grape flavor.

The second steeping is all malt, pear and white grape, with a light fruity-floral after taste. I find myself licking my lips as the flavor lingers for minutes after each sip, it’s lovely.

It’s almost as if the tea showcases the juicy flavors hiding behind the usual curtain of tannins that black teas typically have, resulting in a quite refreshing and gentle brew. I definitely recommend this for those who enjoy lighter, fruitier black teas.

Flavors: Chocolate, Fruity, Malt, Pear, Smooth, White Grapes, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

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Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Hay, Orange Blossom

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88

I’ve been looking forward to trying this tea ever since my very first order at What-cha and I must say that it was worth the wait.

The harvest date on the label of my package says spring 2016, I do believe that this is the newer version of this tea from Feng Qing.

The pearls were larger than I’d expected, and slightly varied in size but all around the size of cherry tomatoes maybe? The dried leaf smells faintly of sweet chocolate, streaked with gold and dark brown leaves. I actually only used one of the larger pearls for one mug, brewed western style for about 3 and a half minutes. The leaves unfurled to fill half the brewing basket!

The aroma of malted milk balls filled the air, and the tea was surprisingly light. No earthy tannins, just silky smooth layers of chocolate, malt and butterscotch swirling over my tongue. This tea almost had me convinced I’d liquefied a tootsie roll somehow, it was so sweet. I adore butterscotch candies and being able to taste little hints of it here was lovely.

The pearl had one more good long western steep, maybe about 6 minutes or so. The flavor was even lighter, but still filled with chocolate, and maybe a hint of leather in the background somewhere.

This tea is overall delicious, almost like a dessert tea. If you’re looking for more tannins or heavier earthy flavors this might not quite catch you, but I’d still recommend trying this tea at least once to see just what Yunnan black teas are capable of!

Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Chocolate, Leather, Malt, Milk, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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85

This is a lovely black tea and one of my personal favorites. The dry leaves smell vaguely sweet and a bit like raisin bread, and I love how beautiful they look unfurled. Wet leaf smells a bit more like woodsy pear, sips down light, smooth and woody, with malt and pear. It’s like a baked pear tart in a cup, I love it.

Flavors: Malt, Pear, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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I’ve had this tea sitting in my closet in a small cardboard box for several months now, and decided to take it out and try it out.

I had brewed this tea for the first time immediately after it arrived. That first cup was more typical of a white tea, with delicate hay notes. Naturally sweet, I didn’t add any sugar which is unusual for me.

This cup surprised me, as I could taste sugar cookies, and even eventually milk. These flavors float atop the fresh hay notes mentioned before, and all meld and blend together for a very smooth and soothing cup of tea. Lovely!

I can’t wait to try this again in the future to see how the flavors unfold with time.

Flavors: Cookie, Hay, Milk, Sugar

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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