195 Degrees F, Gongfu, 10 + 5 sec infusions

I could not get enough of this tea. So delicious. It was hard for me to put the tasting notes down, but it was very fragrant and knocked me out. I don’t normally love black teas, but this one may have changed my opinion. I would say that smokey floral notes take the lead here, but this tea is very complex and I love it. I got about 8 infusions out of it but I kept wanting more.

March 2019
Xing Cun Xiao Zhong
Tong Mu, Fujian, China

Eyes- Dry Leaf: tiny dark buds
Nose – Dry Leaf: Intense sea salt, floral, fresh tobacco notes, smokiness
Nose – Wet Leaf: Super intense salt and chocolate, almost an umami note, rose petals
Eyes – Liquor: Dark golden brown
Mouth – Texture: Super smooth, light and oily
Mouth – Taste: Delicious, chocolate, tobacco, light smokiness, floral notes, roses
Nose – Empty Cup: Brown Sugar
Mouth – Finish: Super smooth and lubricatin
Eyes – Wet Leaf: Brown perfectly picked buds
Body Sensation: Slightly energizing, Happy

Flavors: Chocolate, Rose, Salt, Tobacco

5 g 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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