Date drunk: 8th Nov 2020

- 3.75g in 75ml gaiwan [[Gongfu brewing]]
- Dry leaf smells more like ripe pu-erh than raw, which is unsurprising
- Rinsed once
- Wet leaf has lovely woodsmoke scent + baking bread sweetness
- First infusion (94˚C, 0:15)
- Flavour very light but lovely – clear and sweet! I can see this pairing well with baked goods and dim sum.
- Rating: 87
- Second infusion (95˚C, 0:20)
- Stronger flavour, a bit salty.
- Rating: 87
- Third infusion (96˚C, 0:25)
- Rating: 88
- Fourth infusion (97˚C, 0:30)
- A little thin to stand up to a banana bread. Need to hit it harder.
- Rating: 85
- Fifth infusion (98˚C, 0:40)
- Stands up to Mother Dough chai slice wonderfully.
- Rating: 88

- My Rating: 87

Flavors: Bread, Smoke

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 75 ML

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Amateur tea enthusiast here. I told myself I would start with studying Chinese teas when I first encountered good tea at Song Tea in San Francisco in 2016, and it’s now 2023 and I feel like I’m still just beginning to scratch the surface of Chinese teas.

Maybe someday I will move on to Indian, Japanese, Korean, etc. teas…

For my day job I work in tech as well as write some fiction on the side.

The next step in my tea journey is to start training my nose with an aroma kit to get a more precise handle on floral notes.

My Tea Rating Scale: (adapted from @benmw)
100 : Unforgettable, life-changing tea experience.
95–99: Extraordinary – Beyond impressive.
90–94: Impressive – Deep complexity, extreme clarity, or unexpected discovery of wonderful flavor. Made me reconsider the category. Would always want to drink this if I had the chance.
80–89: Delicious – Nuanced, balanced, clear, and complex layering of flavors. Would probably buy this tea again.
70–79: Very Good – Nuanced flavors, perhaps not as balanced or complex as the next step up, but clear and very enjoyable. Would consider buying again if the price was right.
60–69: Good – Clear flavors, representative of the category, but doesn’t set a standard. Good as an everyday tea. Would not buy unless desperate (e.g. when travelling without access to better tea).
50–59: Average. Would not pay money for this, but would drink if it was provided FOC.
30–49: Below Average. Would not drink this again even if it were free.
0–29: Undrinkable. Could not even finish the cup.



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