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From derk!    Thanks so much!  Had this a few days ago. Jun Chiyabari is UP THERE on the list of stellar teas IMO.  I’m very thrilled to try a couple more, due to derk’s generosity!  I tried to use delicate parameters on this one, in the hopes of not oversteeping it.  And whoa what a unique flavor profile this one is.  I guess I used fairly close to the suggested parameters, without checking first.  The brew is golden.  The steeped leaves have a ridiculously sweet fragrance — almost like maple syrup!  The flavor is like white grapes with even that dry mouth feel that a quality white grape juice might have (not that I’ve really tried white grape juice?)  But then there is also a flavor to the tea like it’s a much lighter version of Premium Taiwanese Assam.  It’s definitely a fruity profile – featuring many fruits – white grape, strawberry that I’m usually getting from fresh PTA and maybe even a hint of a sweeter lemon.  All around unique!!  The third steep was a bit overdone and flat — which is what I was trying to prevent with my delicate steeping.  But maybe the leaves were toast by then. Next time, I will try a much cooler temp on the third steep.  The first two steeps though – the quality of a fine white wine in a mug! derk describes this as SUNNY and I agree!
Steep #1  // 2 loose teaspoons for full mug // 31 minutes after boiling  // 1 minute steep
Steep #2  // 26 minutes after boiling //  2 min
Steep #3 // 16 minutes after boiling // 2 min

Flavors: Lemon, Strawberry, White Grapes, White Wine

derk

I love seeing other people’s impressions. This was not fruity for me at all! Glad you enjoyed it :)

tea-sipper

yeah, I saw your note about this and it was not floral for me at all. haha. Maybe it’s aging and changing? But points for you since there IS “bouquet” in the name of the tea. :D

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derk

I love seeing other people’s impressions. This was not fruity for me at all! Glad you enjoyed it :)

tea-sipper

yeah, I saw your note about this and it was not floral for me at all. haha. Maybe it’s aging and changing? But points for you since there IS “bouquet” in the name of the tea. :D

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
teakruthi.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Plumdeluxe.com
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com
thenecessiteas.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

Happy sipping!

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