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At $12.99/2.5 ounces of leaves, I saw that this might be a remarkable deal. It has a dubious-sounding brand name, but I figured not much to lose at this price.

Glad I made the purchase – Opening the bag, I noticed a wonderful and surprisingly strong fragrance for an unscented tea. I guess this is the “refreshing woody fragrance” from the vendor’s description. It is indeed a woody fragrance, but also sweet, fruity, and floral. Reminds me a bit of the St Germain elderflower liqueur I had tried out not too long ago.

The leaves are impressive in their appearance, just as pictured. Large leaf white silver needles in the Yunnan style, fairly plump and covered with little “hairs,” the leaves feel so nice and silky smooth in your hands. 

Brews to a very pale-yellow color, with a peach tint to it. Very nice delicate flavor – elderflower, green grape, apples, and some oak. Like a chardonnay wine. Good for two or three steeps at least. Seems to coat the mouth a bit and linger lightly, but not as much as I would hope.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I love tea. Mainly Chinese teas, such as Keemuns, Shui Xian oolongs when I can find them, Yunnan golden buds, and delicate spring greens. With so many options, though, I keep trying new teas.

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