210 Degrees F, Gongfu, 20 second infusion + 5

Wow! What a great tea session I had today. It made me remember why I love tea so much and cherish tea experiences like today. This tea is fantastic, but I don’t know if it was my mood, or the aging of the tea, or the way this tea was making me feel, but I loved this tea today.

Nothing sounded that exciting today so I was looking through some old teas and decided to give this one another shot. I don’t remember it being too remarkable the last time I tried it about a year ago. This one really knocked my socks off today. The smell of the wet leaves instantly drew my interest. First infusion – Dark brew coffee, then honey, a floral note and then a strong sour fruit note. Amazing. Such a well rounded tea with the charcoal roast, honey sweetness, sour fruity notes, and orchid/floral notes. Then minutes after drinking, I have this lingering honey sweetness and slightly sour peach flavor on my tongue. I doubt the year of aging benefitted this tea, but this tea really surprised me today and I will be reordering it.

Had to start pushing the tea after the 5th infusion, ended up getting 7 infusions by really pushing it. I was definitely feeling the chi from this after the 4th infusion. Wonderful tea!

Season: Spring 2018
Cultivar: Wu Yi Mountains, Xing Zhen, Cao Dun Village
Origin: Fujian, China
Picking: Large, Thick leaves
Elevation: Unknown

Eyes – Dry Leaf: Large dark brown twisted leaves
Nose – Dry Leaf: Charcoal, Heavy roasted stone fruits, dark cherries, honey
Nose – Wet Leaf: Honey, Musty Sour Candy, Cherries, Peaches
Eyes- Liquor: Golden/Amber Brown
Mouth-Texture: Thick
Mouth-Taste: Dark roast coffee, Honey, Sour peaches, Orchid
Nose-Empty Cup: Honey, Cooked Peaches
Mouth-Finish: Smooth with a lingering sweetness
Eyes-Wet Leaf: Large unraveling olive green/brown leaves
Effect: Happy

Flavors: Candy, Coffee, Honey, Orchid, Peach, Pleasantly Sour

5 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I like tea a lot. I tend to stick to pure teas that are unflavored and I’m usually having a gongfu session. I find that writing up reviews with tasting notes makes my tea drinking experience much more enjoyable and forces me to slow down and appreciate the experience more.

95 + Absolutely fantastic, usually a special treat tea.

90 – 95 Outstanding, probably a tea that I will keep on hand all the time.

85 – 90 Very good tea that I would be very happy to drink daily. Would Re-order.

80 – 85 Pretty good tea that I enjoyed drinking. Probably wouldn’t re-order.

75 – 80 Not great, I can drink it but It’s not something I would reorder.

70 – 75 Bad, Barely drinkable.

0 – 70 Is this even tea?



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