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[Spring 2019 harvest]

This is a very elegant black tea with a lot of complexity, especially in its aromas. The first infusion tends to not be very interesting, but once it picks up steam, it’s very easy to enjoy the tea.

Before the rinse, I can smell aromas of cherry, caramel, and roasted grains. On the other hand, a range of scents present themselves afterwards – including molasses, berries, rum, chicken broth, chestnuts, and various spices.

The taste is sweet with flavours such as those of roasted onion, cocoa, tree bark, malt, lemon zest, and licorice. In the aftertaste, I also detect vanilla and some rose-like floral notes. The body is medium, but the texture is smooth and viscous, which definitely helps the experience.

Flavors: Alcohol, Anise, Bark, Berries, Broth, Caramel, Cherry, Chestnut, Chicken Soup, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cocoa, Floral, Grain, Lemon Zest, Licorice, Malt, Molasses, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Rose, Rum, Spices, Sweet, Vanilla, Vegetables, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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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. Add me at https://rateyourmusic.com/~Togo, if you use that site.

I have been a fan of green tea for a while and I started exploring other kinds of tea in greater depth only in 2017. I rarely drink blends and generally avoid artificially scented teas. Other than that I try to keep it varied.

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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Waterloo, ON, Canada

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