Had a sample of this today, made the mistake of forgetting it on the second steep while I went to the bathroom, so a bit bummed by that as even with this the subsequent steeps were very nice. Using off boiling water (didn’t read the site instructions til now), 100 ml gaiwan, and a layer-ish of pearls to coat the bottom, this definitely has a juicy fruitiness to it and a bit of a citrus tang that is reminiscent of lime leaf overlaid over a smooth honey character I find a lot in oolongs this green.

It has a pleasant, light grassiness to it (that can turn bitter and astringent if oversteeped, as I discovered…) and is on the bit less floral side, which, combined with the overall mellow character, I quite liked, even though there is a definite note of a softer jasmine or something similar to it and I normally detest jasmine in tea. There is also a creaminess that hints to a bit of rice to the taste and aroma, so I thought the site description pretty accurate, or at least not as much of a stretch as I usually find those things.

A little bummed I don’t have anymore, given how I botched the earlier steepings, but it was generous despite that as I still got five more cups out of it. I might order some more once I finish up my other oolong samples if it still stands out in my memory as I was a fan of the strong but mellow character, the more subtle floral notes, and the general flavor profile.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Grass, Honey, Lime, Rice

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Favorite Tea Type: Darker oolong and sheng puerh

Rating Scale:

90-100: Amazing. Will buy and keep on hand all the time if finances and circumstances allow.

80-89: Strong argument for keeping it around all the time, even more than the prospect of trying more new tea. It’s that good.

70-79: Pretty solid. Glad I tried it, several factors that were unique or that I highly enjoyed.

60-69: Nothing that stands out for the most part, but with a quality or two that speaks to me.

50-59: Fairly run of the mill, pleasant but not much more to be said.

40-49: Something here is off putting in an otherwise decent tea.

30-39: There are a few things wrong with this tea. I did not enjoy.

20-29: Disliked this, could maybe see something, some redeeming quality in it others might find worth drinking without spitting back out.

10-19: Begin to question whether any tea is actually, in fact, better than no tea.

0-9: This causes actual food poisoning.



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