Sunday afternoon tea with my housemate while watching movies.

I brewed the entire dragon ball in a 500 mL teapot with water off-boiling. Initial tastes were smooth, malty, cocoa-y, minerally and nectar-sweet with very light bitterness. As the tea continued to steep, the flavor profile morphed to savory notes of orange-flesh squash, leather, malt and bright tobacco with a gritty astringency. The rose remained a pleasant and never over-bearing floral addition. Overall, a nice tea to brew in a large pot for a lazy Sunday.

This might’ve been the final tea of a swap with Kawaii433 this time last year. Thanks so much for your generosity and being a part of my day today <3 I miss your reviews, by the way!

Movie pairing: The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

Flavors: Astringent, Cocoa, Leather, Malt, Mineral, Nectar, Pumpkin, Rose, Smooth, Sweet, Tobacco

205 °F / 96 °C 17 OZ / 500 ML

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If you’re an aspiring or current tea grower, let’s talk! I am slowly beginning a tea farm here in Northern California. Currently growing are young plants pulled from the ground and gifted to me after a visit to Fairhope Tea Plantation in Alabama. The parent plants are sinensis variety from a defunct Lipton research project. I’ve also started seeds from Camellia Forest Nursery in North Carolina. The types include Camellia taliensis, an assamica variety, and 3 sinensis varieties including “Small leaf” “Large leaf” and “Black Sea.” To learn how to process tea into different styles, I plan on traveling to China and Taiwan if/when COVID becomes a relative non-issue. I’m taking Mandarin classes to aid in this journey.

Tea became a hobby and my daily drink of choice some time late in the last decade. My introduction to loose leaf came, following a lone tin of some Tie Guan Yin oolong many years prior, in the form of dumpster-dived Wuyi oolong packets that somebody left upon moving out of an apartment building. From there, my palate expanded to teas from across China and the world. I used to focus more on taste and still harbor the habit, but after trying sheng pu’er, I tend to focus more on how a tea feels in my body. Does it complement my constitution? Does it change my mood or does it enhance my current mindstate? While I may not mention those effects in tea notes, it is what I value most. Flavored teas are not a favorite but I do drink them intermittently.

In terms of who I am, you could consider me a jill of all trades. Specialty is not my strength, as can be seen in the spread of my tea notes.

One thing I will always love is riding a bicycle.


Sonoma County, California, USA

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