Ali Baba Oriental beauty (Dongfang Meiren), from Yunnan Linyi Shuangjiang. 1st grade. 5g to 100 ml.

Translating the text on this small sample gave us a bunch of information we can’t verify, but one thing’s for sure, it was quality tea.

The leaves are small, carefully picked, barely broken. Dark tones, characteristic of this tea type.

The first steep packs an intense punch. Very perfumy, strong heady flowers aroma. No astringency. The wet leaves also pack the same perfume smell.

From the 2nd steep on, the flowers give way to more acidic notes, reminiscent of lemongrass. Marita finds some musk coming through.

Some astringency start appearing in the following steeps, along with a growing wood taste. The flower never leaves fully though, until the tea starts dying out around the 8th steep.

We started the first 2 steeps at 95, then brought it down to 90.

Flavors: Flowers, Lemongrass

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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How I grade:
90-100: Memorable experiences. The kind of tea that you don’t dare drinking too often.
80-90: Definitely something I’d happily share, and purchase again.
70-80: Lacking in one way or another, but enjoyable still.
60-70: Good, but probably it’ll take a while for me to finish the tea.
>59: Nothing positive to gain from this tea.

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