85

Last sample and I thought I’d write another review because well… I enjoyed it much more this time.

Like before, I got 15 steeps and flavorful to the end. Orchid, floral aroma, fruity taste all there. Slightly mineral, slightly astringent. Definitely complex with a sweet honey aftertaste. This time, when I got to the 6th or 7th infusion, it didn’t become bitter as I remember… No bitterness detected. The deeper I got into the infusions, the more and more mellow and creamy it became, without losing the flavor. It stayed full, rich, with a pleasant smooth mouthfeel.

I had said that because of the price, I’m going to pass on this but I think in the future I will try another sample to see if I experience what I did today.

Yixing pot Zi ni, 8g, 110ml, 15 steeps: rinse, 5s, 8s, 8s, 10s, 10s, 15s, 15s, 20s,
25s, 35s, 45s,60s, 80s, 100s, 150s

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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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Longtime casual tea drinker. In the past, mainly Sencha, Matcha. I’m currently into Oolong, Black & Pu’erh.

Gongfu cha is the main way I prepare my tea (gaiwan or Yixing teapot). I drink all tea… Usually unflavored. I do try some flavored now. I don’t like artificial sweeteners.

Favorite stores: TeaVivre, What-Cha, Mandala Tea, Yunnan sourcing, White2Tea, Lupicia. (Note: I love the teaware from TeaVivre and Yunnan sourcing.) Good experiences with 52Teas, Harney & Sons, Whispering Pines

Flavors I dislike are artificial flavors, especially artificial sweeteners. Strong lavender, violet, any strong floral-perfumey tea; cantaloupe, ripe papaya, sweet honeydew.

Can handle a little of the following: Rose, licorice, anise, jasmine, mint, spearmint, peppermint, leather.

Favorite flavors: Citrus fruits (especially grapefruit & tangerines), granny smith apple, bananas, guava, mango, tamarind, watermelon, stonefruits, all fruits except cantaloupe, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, milk, cinnamon, creme, bread, nuts, toasted, roasted.

I generally don’t add anything to my teas.

As I explore, my ratings may shift. 90+ generally means I’ll keep it on my shelf.

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