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Spring 2021

There are some teas that are phenomenal the first time you try them but then are never able to recapture the same magic. Such is the case with this tea. I was over the moon excited when I first tried it some 5 years ago and have been ordering it every year since then. But for whatever reason, it’s always felt lackluster. Last year, I struggled to finish my stash. This year’s crop unfortunately didn’t fare any better.

Initial steep is colorless and bland. When the flavor comes through, it’s fennel heavy with the usual Laoshan soybean taste and some honey. Notes of raw zucchini, spice, and dandelion along the way. There’s a lack of freshness and depth to the tea.

After two sessions, I’ve relegated it to my stash of less loved teas that are used for blending and cold brewing only. This year’s regular Laoshan green is far better. Not likely to repurchase in the future.

Flavors: Dandelion, Fennel Seed, Honey, Soybean

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My Rating Criteria:

95 to 100: Top shelf stuff. Loved this tea and highly recommend it

90 to 94: Excellent. Enjoyed this tea and would likely repurchase

80 to 89: Good but not great. I liked it though it may be lacking in some aspects. I’ll finish it but probably won’t buy again

70 to 79: Average at best. Not terrible but wouldn’t willingly drink again

60 to 69: Sub-par. Low quality tea, barely palatable

59 and below: Bleh

Fell into tea many years ago and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and flavored Teavana teas. My tea epiphany happened when I discovered jade oolongs. That was my gateway drug to the world of high quality tea and teaware.

For the most part, I drink straight tea but do appreciate a good flavored tea on occasion. I love fresh green and floral flavors and as such, green tea and Taiwanese oolongs will always have a place in my cupboard. After avoiding black tea forever, Chinese blacks have started to grow on me. I’m less enthusiastic about puerh though. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

Other non-tea interests include: cooking, reading, nature, philosophy, MMA, traveling when I can, and of course putzing around on the interwebs.

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