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I started this in the morning and well, due to many things, my gongfu session was broken up, and one of my cats stepped on my phone and I lost count on which steep I was on, blahblahblah lol. So I restarted a new one.

The tea leaves are really pretty, mixed colors with gold in it. When I opened the package, the dry tea leaves smelled like hay, sweet hay. In the cup, the dry leaves had a malt, cocoa aroma, less hay. After the rinse, the lid and leaves had a nice cocoa, malty aroma.

As I continued, other things came in… Hints of citrus and their rind, stone fruits aroma and flavors. The lid smelled of honey, brown sugar and molasses. As I progressed, I didn’t get lots of chocolate, I did get some in the beginning. There was always a lot of malt notes. (It could be because last night I had their Cocoa Amore which has an abundance of chocolate. Everything is relative. hehe) The aroma was progressively getting stronger in fruits, particularly stone fruits. I didn’t get the tart apple or honeydew as described and unfortunately I have no idea what wildflowers taste like hehe.

The mouthfeel changed from silky, creamy to clean… Not a lot of astringency nor bitterness. It had a long finish no matter what infusion I was on, and as I was sitting here reading the reviews, I could smell orange, orange rind, cherry, stone fruits and molasses on the inhale-exhale well after I finished the infusion. In the middle of these infusions, it reminded me of the Moonlight raw pu’er from Teavivre because of the strong presence of stone fruits but with lots of malt and some creaminess. All in all, it was a good several cups of tea.

7g, 212°F, 110ml, rinse, 10 steeps: 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 65s, 75s, 120s

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cherry, Cocoa, Creamy, Malt, Mineral, Molasses, Orange Zest, Peach, Stonefruits

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 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. Just as long as it doesn’t have any artificial sweetener.

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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