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I finished off my bag of the Spring 2018 harvest several days ago and it took a while to background process my opinion.

While this tea is complex and layered flavor-wise because of the mix of Chinese red teas, I feel like the Jabberwocky’s bark is bigger than its bite. It’s an easy tea to slay, one I could drink all day but I was always left longing for something a little deeper, a tea I could sink my teeth into, a beast that would put up more of a fight. I may have preferred this tea gongfu actually, because each type of leaf in the blend waxed and waned. There was however, always a bit of flatness to the body regardless of brewing method. The description is mostly apt, but I was missing out on that camphor and eucalyptus.

I think this tea would be very appealing to those who like slightly sweet and softly poetic Chinese reds.

Flavors: Apricot, Baked Bread, Burnt Sugar, Cocoa, Honey, Malt, Milk, Mineral, Plums, Salt, Smooth, Wood

Dustrose

I almost went the Jabberwocky route this morning! I initially picked it up because I was intrigued by the eucalyptus and was also disappointed that it wasn’t more prominent. Still tastes good though.

Kawaii433

I’m wondering if that’s one of the reasons I liked it better than I expected. I’m not a fan of camphor and hesitated when I bought it and didn’t really find much there.

derk

I think my tongue and brain have been changed by drinking some heavy-duty puerh in terms of mouthfeel, cooling effects and camphor taste. My preferences be a changin’. I know a lot of people will love this tea, though.

Natethesnake

I used to dislike camphor note when I’d drink Keemun teas and when drinking China reds went for those with chocolate, plum and floral notes like Fujian red monkey and Jin Jun Mei. Sheng from Lincang has helped me acquire the taste for camphor…

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Dustrose

I almost went the Jabberwocky route this morning! I initially picked it up because I was intrigued by the eucalyptus and was also disappointed that it wasn’t more prominent. Still tastes good though.

Kawaii433

I’m wondering if that’s one of the reasons I liked it better than I expected. I’m not a fan of camphor and hesitated when I bought it and didn’t really find much there.

derk

I think my tongue and brain have been changed by drinking some heavy-duty puerh in terms of mouthfeel, cooling effects and camphor taste. My preferences be a changin’. I know a lot of people will love this tea, though.

Natethesnake

I used to dislike camphor note when I’d drink Keemun teas and when drinking China reds went for those with chocolate, plum and floral notes like Fujian red monkey and Jin Jun Mei. Sheng from Lincang has helped me acquire the taste for camphor…

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Most enjoyment:

Wuyi and Taiwanese oolong, sheng puerh, Yunnan and Wuyi blacks, GABA oolong. I also appreciate Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Darjeeling and Nepali teas, bagged tea and herbal teas/tisanes.

I take my teas without milks or sweeteners except sometimes chai and the rare London Fog, matcha latte and golden milk.

I’ll try anything once because it helps me learn. Not opposed to well placed herbs, flowers, fruity bits and flavorings, just nothing cloying. And no added sugars, sweeteners, candy or chocolate.

I abandoned both my preference reference and the recording of detailed steeping parameters in January 2020, favoring a focus on qualitative descriptions. At this point, I am still comfortable toggling the “Not/Recommended” button.

Preference reference:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.
89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again. Some could be daily drinker teas.
79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.
69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.
59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.
Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s puerh, I likely think it needs more age.

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