Enjoying this lovely tea on a chilly Monday afternoon. Immediately when the hot water touches the leaves, they begin to unfurl and release a beautiful fragrance. It’s roasty, it’s warming, and pretty nutty. Gongfu style, 205F water, about 6.5g/120ml
This dong ding is smooth, and it tastes like a lesser version of the smell. It’s rather one-dimensional but that one dimension is pretty yummy. Definitely more notes of roast than anything else, but it’s creamy and fills the mouth nicely. Certainly a good tea to warm you up and get you into the day, but not the most mind-blowing experience ever. Recommended due to the price and the fact that it’s a solid tea overall. I’m really interested in trying more dong dings to get a feel for the range that this particular tea would fall into.

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Hi there! I’m Drew from northeastern USA. At 21 years old, I’m slowly aging into a decent raw hu’man. Since first getting into “true tea” in 2016, it has become a staple of my life. I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, but when I drink tea the frequency of both drops dramatically. Tea is a wonderful way to meditate, enjoy the energies of the world, and to become present in the moment.

Generally, I think I’ll try to stick to these rating parameters:

91-100: Absolutely incredible. Best taste and energy from any tea I’ve had. (NB: I feel like I haven’t had enough teas to put any I have had into this category quite yet)

81-90: I need to buy this stuff in bulk, because I’m in love with it. The flavor/energy combination is close to perfect.

71-80: I really enjoyed it, but something was lacking.

61-70: Not bad, but not mind-blowing either. I may not drink this specific varietal again, but I likely want to try other kinds of this tea.

51-60: Meh… I’ve given this tea multiple chances, and it’s not for me. Not offensively bad, and I recognize that some people may like it, but it wasn’t for me.

0-50: Yikes. You should consider not buying this.

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