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An evening tea choice fell on this sample from tperez and I used all of it, because why the hell not. As others have mentioned the tea does indeed remind one of roses. In fact, I think I like this rose aroma more than most of actual roses, whose scent I tend to find overwhelming. Another very distinctive characteristic is a string minerality and a vegetal nature that comes to the fore towards the end of the session in particular.

In the dry leaves, I can also smell charcoal, blood orange, and stonefruits apart from the florals. The mix of floral and ash reminds me a bit of light to medium roasted TGY. When wet, I get further notes of mushrooms, popcorn, rock salt and various vegetal ones. The taste starts off floral and mineral with a mild banana sweetness and a sour finish followed by a very mineral (almost salty) and buttery aftertaste. Later on, flavours of honey and grass emerge and the aftertaste turns more perfumy. Throughout the session, the mouthfeel is quite thick, but not particularly interesting.

Overall, a nice Dan Cong, but not one I am dying to have in my stash.

Flavors: banana, Blood orange, Butter, Char, Floral, Flowers, Grass, Honey, Mineral, Mushrooms, Perfume, Popcorn, Rose, Salt, Salty, Stonefruits, Thick, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
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Last year I ordered this one, walnut fragrance, Xiong Di Zai small patch and cinnamon aroma. The cinnamon aroma was one of the best dancongs I’ve ever had, albeit not cheap either. The Xiong Di Zai was also excellent. The rose aroma was good, but the greenest of the bunch and the most astringent. It was nice the first time around, but less interesting upon revisiting.

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Last year I ordered this one, walnut fragrance, Xiong Di Zai small patch and cinnamon aroma. The cinnamon aroma was one of the best dancongs I’ve ever had, albeit not cheap either. The Xiong Di Zai was also excellent. The rose aroma was good, but the greenest of the bunch and the most astringent. It was nice the first time around, but less interesting upon revisiting.

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Currently, I am a PhD student at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario. Apart from teas and mathematics, I enjoy sports and traveling, as well as music of all kinds.

I have been a fan of green tea for a while and only recently (in 2017) started exploring other kinds of tea in greater depth. I rarely drink blends or white tea and avoid artificially scented teas. Other than that I try to keep it varied. The one thing that I am currently missing in my collection are teas from India, in particular some Darjeelings.

My rating description:
100 _ Unforgettable tea, an experience that changes your life.
90 – 100 _ Excellent tea.
80 – 90 _ Very enjoyable, I will buy again.
70 – 80 _ I enjoyed it, but I most likely won’t be buying it again.
60 – 70 _ Decent.
50 – 60 _ Average, forgettable.
40 – 50 _ I didn’t really like the tea, but it is drinkable.
0 – 40 _ I would prefer to avoid the tea.

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