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This tea is so good!

The dry leaf, wet leaf, aroma and taste all stick to the same palette with no surprises. That doesn’t mean it’s a straightforward tea. This blend of savory, sweet, tart, fruity-floral and spicy has a load of depth.

The apple aroma and flavor is unique; I wouldn’t say it’s green apple but very close — almost sweet like candy but very floral, somehow reminiscent of both crisp and tart fresh green apples and the deeper, comforting aroma of some kind of heritage red apples baked with brown sugar. Clove, fennel and caraway create a sweet, herbal, citrusy, almost peppery and pungent rye-like taste, of which the perfume lingers as an ether after the swallow. All of these flavors are layered into a black tea base that’s malty and somewhat bready with cleansing tannic and mineral qualities.

The tea is actually pretty refreshing for a liquor so savory. I think I’ll keep sipping on this with today’s 95-100F temps. I’d love to try it in the fall since it reminds me of Oktoberfest but the remainder of this gift from Mastress Alita won’t last more than a week. August Uncommon has some interesting teas. Maybe I’ll suck it up and place an order later this year. Thanks, MA :)

Edit: 2nd infusion is watery but still has the flavors of added ingredients. Going to try with higher leaf, shorter steep next time in hopes of pulling out a more substantial resteep.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Citrus, Clove, Fennel, Floral, Fruity, Green Apple, Malt, Mineral, Pepper, Red Apple, Rye, Spicy, Tannic, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Sounds perfect for summer!

Mastress Alita

I still haven’t even gotten around to trying this one yet. And now it’s buried deep in a moving box with all my other teas. Le sigh.

derk

You’ll probably be sorting that box just in time for that crisp autumn air :)

Mastress Alita

Finally close this Thursday, I can’t wait to finally get all my shit out of boxes! I’ve had everything boxed up for pretty much two months straight now. Ugh!

tea-sipper

I’m glad it worked out for you, Mastress Alita!

derk

Ah, that’s so close! Congrats!

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gmathis

Sounds perfect for summer!

Mastress Alita

I still haven’t even gotten around to trying this one yet. And now it’s buried deep in a moving box with all my other teas. Le sigh.

derk

You’ll probably be sorting that box just in time for that crisp autumn air :)

Mastress Alita

Finally close this Thursday, I can’t wait to finally get all my shit out of boxes! I’ve had everything boxed up for pretty much two months straight now. Ugh!

tea-sipper

I’m glad it worked out for you, Mastress Alita!

derk

Ah, that’s so close! Congrats!

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Always up for a trade. I keep an updated cupboard. Check it out. Don’t be shy — message me if you want to try something! I send international :)

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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Sonoma County, California, USA

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