A very nice Darjeeling. In the first steep, I tasted a flavor and astringency similar to that of grape skins (my wife and friend who were trying it with me made fun of me on this point, but as a kid I would occasionally peel grapes and eat the skins and flesh separately, and it was definitely a grape skin flavor). The second steep was more rounded and mellow, less astringent and tasted slightly spiced. Very good overall.

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Hi, there! I’m Mark. I’ve enjoyed tea ever since I was a kid, but only recently (within the past few years) have I really gotten into high quality, loose-leaf tea. Now, all my friends know me as a lover of all kinds of teas, and I’m always happy to share. I try to make tea for people whenever I can.

When I’m not making and drinking tea, I’m usually writing, hiking, building with Lego, or spending time with my wife and kids.

I rarely feel satisfied with giving something a numerical rating, so most of my reviews are listed as simply either “recommended” or “not recommended.” I’m OK with giving ratings to amazing tea and terrible tea, but everything in between just doesn’t seem right, so I usually stay away, and hope that my written reviews will be illuminating enough.

Recently I’ve become a huge fan of Japanese green teas, though a good oolong or pu’er is always welcome.

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