Tonight I had some friends over for Pancake Day (seriously America, get with it on this holiday) and we needed something to chase the crazy amount of sugar we’d consumed. I was charged with choosing a tea, so started thinking about an accessible, easy-drinking option that I had more than a sample size of – ah yes, this one. It seemed to go over well among my guests, who probably don’t drink much loose tea, let alone Taiwanese oolongs. The naturally-occurring syrupy sweetness of the tea may not have been ideal after a meal that contained a large amount of actual syrup, but it’s still one of my all-time favorites. Bumping up my rating!

Flavors: Apple Skins, Floral, Honey, Toasty

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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I grew up in New Jersey drinking Celestial Seasonings, and now I live in England, where I developed a taste for a good builder’s brew. Sometime in 2012 I bought my first loose teas, and my collection has since spiraled out of control. Still quite a novice, due to not drinking enough tea to keep pace with the amount I keep buying.

Some things I’m pretty sure I do like:
- most florals (jasmine, orange blossom, osmanthus, etc)
- buttery, vegetal greens
- malty blacks (usually with milk & sugar)
- oolongs that aren’t too heavily roasted

Not really feeling the flavored teas lately, for whatever reason.

All tasting notes use unfiltered hard tap water, unless otherwise specified.

No real method to my numerical ratings yet, but we’ll see what develops. So far I’ve only given ratings of 90 or higher if I actually get excited while drinking the tea.


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