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This tea is very ugly. However, we do not drink beauty pagent winners so into the pot she goes. The leaf is incredibly compressed with strong notes of bitter greens, oak, parchment, and slightly sweet raisan-y tobacco tang. I warmed my pot up and tossed the rock inside. I nice sauna yielded some intense tobacco scents along with melon, apricot, and a sweet/spicy medley. I washed the leaf twice and began my boil. The taste is very nice and sweet. The leaf opens up, and I get some brown sugar in the forefront with a nectar sugarcane aftertaste. The ta progresses with sweet corn, tobacco, and fruitiness in the cup. The huigan is beautiful and lasting; I am really enjoying this brew. The body is amazingly full, and the flavors continue to be complex and transfer about. The next steeping move into a wood base with the familiar intense sugarcane aftertaste. The qi begins with a steady flow of energy that emits a calm focused power. The last steeping jump over to hay and peat moss with an undertone of daffodils. This tea is superb, and I should probably get more of it. I can’t stress enough to not judge a tea by its appearance. I’ve noticed that some of the ugliest are the best!

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Flavors: Apricot, Brown Sugar, Floral, Fruity, Hay, Melon, Nectar, Oak wood, Peat Moss, Raisins, Sugarcane, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 4 OZ / 130 ML
Dustin

I have thought of some teas as pretty or cute before, but I have never run into one that I thought of as ugly. Now I’m really curious as to what an ugly tea would look like! :)

Haveteawilltravel

Oh, they’re out there, haha.

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Dustin

I have thought of some teas as pretty or cute before, but I have never run into one that I thought of as ugly. Now I’m really curious as to what an ugly tea would look like! :)

Haveteawilltravel

Oh, they’re out there, haha.

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Young and experienced Tea consumer. I’m continuously learning and developing knowledge about tea. If I have learned anything at all from the world of tea it is that I do not know anything about the world of tea. I enjoy good tea, and I try to acquire the best of the best. I usually brew gongfu but I’ve been known from time to time to resort back to western brewing.

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