drank Benefit Tea by Wuyi Origin
1558 tasting notes

Another sample from Leafhopper, thank you :)

This is an Wuyi tea I can get behind. It’s too tannic and drying to want it everyday but it has a great expression of heavenly orchid, rainforest, and gingerbread aroma. The actual taste is cedar dominant and can be a little clunky at first as I work my way around the tannins and tartness but it smooths out in later steeps into a gently sweet, rounded character of hay, gooseberry, squash, leather and chamomile. The orchid and spice-rich aftertaste and energy spread throughout my head and upper body, eliciting a mellowed, unfocused mindstate. It’s like the way a high quality incense trails with a weightlessness through undisturbed air, wrapping its resinous tendrils around whatever comes within its path, infusing, permeating. A mood-altering tea with dense meditative energy.

Flavors: Apple, Bark, Blackberry, Blueberry, Burnt Sugar, Cacao, Cedar, Chamomile, Cookie, Drying, Floral, Ginger, Gooseberry, Hay, Incense, Leather, Malt, Molasses, Moss, Nutmeg, Orchid, Rainforest, Resin, Squash, Tannic, Tart, Wet Wood, Wintergreen, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Leafhopper

As always, I’m impressed by your ability to detect nuance. For me, this was a daily drinker tea. I didn’t get any of the mood-elevating characteristics; I just noticed a rather vegetal but nice affordable Wuyi tea.

Daylon R Thomas

I got the resin and incense vibes in heavy doses too. It hovered between squash, ginger, cocoa, and fruit, though the tea was densed out by woody notes.

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Leafhopper

As always, I’m impressed by your ability to detect nuance. For me, this was a daily drinker tea. I didn’t get any of the mood-elevating characteristics; I just noticed a rather vegetal but nice affordable Wuyi tea.

Daylon R Thomas

I got the resin and incense vibes in heavy doses too. It hovered between squash, ginger, cocoa, and fruit, though the tea was densed out by woody notes.

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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.

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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.

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