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Same flavor notes applied up above, but I’m ready to make a decision on it. It’s very similar to White2tea’s Fruitbomb, albeit older and a little bit more floral. I didn’t realise it’s a 2019 tea, so I need to finish it and or send it to Leafhopper quickly. This is one the teas I intended for the swap, but I hope it’s good enough when it gets to you Leafhopper.

It’s mellowed out a little bit, having a little bit more malt. Honey and blackberry are really obvious with the rosy scent, taste, and even thick texture. There is a little bit of woodiness too, but it’s really pleasant. I can see someone picking up on some tropical fruits every once in a while, because there is something that strikes my palette as guava here and there. It does do well Tumbler style, but it’s best suited for light western or gong fu.

It’s got a bit of a caffeine kick, which is probably why I’m not rating it as higher. I can feel my sinuses and gums after I drink it. So really, this tea has the qi. Unfortunately, it can kick my butt. I still highly recommend this one to anyone really-hits all the flavor notes a newer drinker would be sold by, and has enough complexity and qualities for a tea snob.

Flavors: Black Currant, Blackberry, Guava, Honey, Jam, Malt, Rose, Strawberry, Thick, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML
Leafhopper

I don’t even consider teas from 2019 to be old anymore. :P Maybe this is just wishful thinking.

CrowKettle

I need to drink up the older neighbourhoods of my stash too. 2019 is youthful for me too :P

Daylon R Thomas

Lol good to know. Usually, it’s the same for me.

tea-sipper

“older neighborhoods” of tea… oh lordy, we have problems. :D

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Leafhopper

I don’t even consider teas from 2019 to be old anymore. :P Maybe this is just wishful thinking.

CrowKettle

I need to drink up the older neighbourhoods of my stash too. 2019 is youthful for me too :P

Daylon R Thomas

Lol good to know. Usually, it’s the same for me.

tea-sipper

“older neighborhoods” of tea… oh lordy, we have problems. :D

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Good Luxurious Work Teas
Best Sachet Teas
Spring, Winter Taiwan High Mountain Oolongs

Dislikes: Heavy Tannin, Astringency, Bitterness, or Fake Flavor, Overly herby herbal or aged teas

Picky with: Higher Oxidation Oolongs, Red Oolongs (Some I love, others give me headaches or are almost too sweet), Mint Teas

Currently, my stash is overflowing. Among my favorites are What-Cha’s Lishan Black, Amber Gaba Oolong, Lishan Oolong, Qilan Oolong, White Rhino, Kenya Silver Needle, Tong Mu Lapsang Black (Unsmoked); Whispering Pines Alice, Taiwanese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling, Jasmine Shan Lin Xi; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong; Paru’s Milk Oolong

Me:

I am an MSU graduate, and current alternative ed. high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), practice calisthenics on rings, lift weights, workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii. Eastern Asian influence was prominent with my friends and where I grew up, so I’ve been exposed to some tea culture at a young age. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.

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