2 Tasting Notes


A great blend of flavors, though you need to get the water boiling hot for the full steeping time and you have to use a lot of leaves for some reason. (I also like to brew this strong.) The Russian grocery store that used to sell this closed down, so I’m afraid of depleting my stash.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Smooth

Boiling 6 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I am grading this harshly because of the legacy of the brand and price range. It smells amazing dry—but the steeped flavor is pretty weak. Maybe it’s my preference for strong tea, but I have to double this (2 tsp for 8oz) and superheat the water. I don’t think I should be cooking the leaves to get some flavor out. Call me crazy but something about the flavor seemed artificial. For $50 a canister, I wouldn’t recommend. There are far better teas out there in this price range. This is Chinese grocery store tea quality. I’ve got nothing against grocery store tea, but this is supposed to be a premium tea.

Flavors: Almond, Artificial

195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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