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This one tastes like a darjeeling or bug bitten oolong crossed with a Chinese black tea. A pleasant cherry like fruity aroma greets you upon opening the packet. The tea opens up with lots of wood and a little chocolate and malt in the background. The chocolate becomes more pronounced as the steeps progress and the woodsy notes soften to smooth out the flavor.

I recommend gongfu brewing this one. Western steeping brings out a nice dark red color but loses its nuances and some chocolatey goodness.

Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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My Rating Criteria:

95 to 100: Top shelf stuff. Loved this tea and highly recommend it

90 to 94: Excellent. Enjoyed this tea and would likely repurchase

80 to 89: Good but not great. I liked it though it may be lacking in some aspects. I’ll finish it but probably won’t buy again

70 to 79: Average at best. Not terrible but wouldn’t willingly drink again

60 to 69: Sub-par. Low quality tea, barely palatable

59 and below: Bleh

Fell into tea years ago, and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and a few flavored teas. My tea epiphany came a few years ago when I discovered jade oolongs. That was the gateway drug to the world of fine tea and teaware.

With the exception of a handful of lightly scented teas, I drink mostly straight tea. I love fresh green and floral flavors and as such, green tea and Taiwanese oolongs will always have a place in my cupboard. After avoiding black tea forever, Chinese blacks are beginning to grow on me. I’ve dipped my toe into a few puerhs now but it’s still relatively new territory for me. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

Other non-tea interests include: cooking, reading, nature, MMA, traveling when I can, and of course putzing around on the interwebs.

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