Sweeter and lighter than I expect from an archetypal Assam, with only the faintest characteristic malty notes on the back end and increasing slightly as it cools, but a pleasant cup. Slightly floral, light-medium body. I normally enjoy adding milk to my Assams, but this one, with its more delicate character, seems to me to want to be drunk plain. (Note that I inherited this tea, unopened, from another tea lover’s stash and that I’m drinking it three years after its initial release, so it may or may not taste now as it did then…) It tasted just as good on a second infusion at the same temperature and steeping time as the first, which is another point in its favor.

Flavors: Flowers

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Life is story, dreams, and tea.

As a mixture of Chinese and Southern American, I was probably destined to love tea, though it wasn’t until 2002 that I became voraciously obsessed with loose leaf and exploring the glorious infinite tea realms. I consider myself a carrier of Tea Adoration Syndrome more than a tea snob, and will happily consume virtually any tea prepared with respect for what it most wants to be.

I enjoy tea both flavored and unflavored, blended or unblended, with milk or without, respectfully sweetened or without sweetener, hot or cold, bubble or not — it all depends on the tea. At the moment, I mostly prepare single servings, Western style, often but not always with milk, though in the near future I plan on restarting my long-abandoned gongfu habit.

Absolute favorite teas to date: creamy oolongs, rose black, Earl Grey creme, super-malty full-bodied Assams

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And for the curious, a few non-tea things about me: I’m currently a fiber artist; my degree is in anthropology; I have a certificate in web design and a few years of classical music training; and my resume makes it look like I know something about writing and editing. My favorite instruments are probably guzheng, electric guitar, and duduk. I’m interested in life, the universe, and everything. I almost majored in environmental science and physics, but a string of bad math teachers led me into burnout mode and I really ought to have taken pre-calc before calculus. ;) My online persona is infested with emoticons. I love old things and new things, and I’m better at extremes than at middles of any kind. Randomness is awesomely delightful, so feel free to drop me a randomness-filled line.

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