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Vallhallow thank you for this sample! This appears to be a Dragonwell. Flattened leaves of comparable size. I would say a lower-grade Dragonwell based on the coloring of the leaves but not a low-grade knock-off based on the taste. It tastes very similar to a Dragonwell. Notes of sesame, dried grass, and slight mineral touches. Vegetal wet leaf aroma. Overcooked peas and asparagus. Overall it’s not a bad Dragonwell. Good for coffee shops and on the go but it is not one I will seek out to buy.

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This will be an objective review. I will not provide a scoring because I feel that this matcha has great potential but may have been influenced by outside air for too long. So the coloring is pretty poor. A good matcha color should be emerald green for the ones that are higher quality. If they are being used for cooking or latte (mixing of any sort) then the coloring matters a little less, though I do find a brighter green latte is more desirable than the olive-colored ones, such as is the color of the matcha in front of me cuyrrently. That being said the taste is good. This leads me to believe that at its prime the coloring was better. The astringency is medium with bits of grassiness and slight metallicness. The mouthfeel is also quite smooth with minimal grittiness even in the final sips. This will be one I will want to try fresh for sure but I am also excited to give this one a go in latte form.

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drank Chen Zhen Jia by Hillside Tea
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Trade with Vallhallow. #2. Tea experiences take a pivotal role in the lives of many Steepsters. They can range from tea shop experiences to something as simple as being blown away by the first sip of tea. That was me with this tea. Something about that first sip just made me go, “Whoa I need to write a note righ now.” Malty flavors surrounded by chocolate and woodsy notes. Maybe a bit of rosewood and a slight smokiness as well. This is after steeping it a little longer to see what I would uncover. The first sip had some lighter fruity tones. No astringency as of now. In a way, this somewhat reminds me of the Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea. The dry leaf has great coloring. Dark choclate/ umber tones with specks of golden threads. A sign of high quality and well-processed leaf. And cute tiny trichomes sticking to the inside of the bag.

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