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This is like the chicken noodle soup of black tea. It’s gentle and delicate, bordering on bland but enjoyable for what it is. Although its technically a black tea, it’s processed similarly to a oolong hence the name. The leaves are loosely rolled like an oolong and the steeped tea is a very light amber color. There’s almost no malt here and no bitterness. It’s got a sweet honeyed taste with notes of berries, rose, and buttercream. Very soft and light bodied.

I gongfued this but have a feeling western steeping may coax out a stronger flavor and perhaps the citrusy notes TTC mentions. Black tea aficionados will probably be bored by this tea however as a fan of light teas, I find this a good choice for relaxed casual drinking.

Flavors: Berries, Cream, Honey, Raisins, Rose, Wet Wood

Preparation
Boiling 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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