This has a really nice flavor profile – thick caramel and marshmallow sweetness with pecan nuttiness, with roasted nut and slight campfire smokiness. There are notes of chocolate and even slight waxy fruitiness that carry along as secondary notes throughout.

The balance and complexity are outstanding. Later steeps develop minerality and syrupy fruitiness that reminded me of the syrupiness in Trappist ales.

I tend to brew things hard, but I got three infusions with the flavors above, with another two or three that tended towards more mineral flavors. Overall, this is a re-purchase for me.
Dry leaf – caramel, milk chocolate, praline, honey roasted peanuts, some peanut shell, hint of waxy red fruit (mulberry), hints of white pepper

smell – dark/burnt caramel, roasted pecan, marshmallow sweetness, waxy red fruit, hints of campfire, chocolate digestive biscuit and graham cracker

taste – dark caramel, roasted pecan, burnt marshmallow, substantial wet-rock minerality in aftertaste (almost Wu Yi like), some mulberry notes in aftertaste, bits of cocoa and chocolate appear throughout, especially in arrival and then again in aftertaste

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Rating info:
100 – I haven’t found the perfect tea yet!

92-95 – So good that I will purchase this tea again, guaranteed. Excellent flavor and value.

88-91 – A tea that I would consider purchasing again at some point. Great flavor and value.

85-87 – Tea that was worth the purchase and that I enjoyed drinking, although I probably won’t be purchasing it again any time soon. Flavor may have slight drawbacks, or the price might be a little expensive.

80-84 – A tea that has some good points, but falls a bit short on its price:quality ratio. Flavor is a bit mediocre.

No rating – I did not like this tea and would not drink it, given other options.


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