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Well I am finally getting to try the younger sister, brother or cousin of my beloved ‘98. After drinking a weaker ’98 yesterday I was paranoid. I brewed this one up with generous leaf in the Yixing and with no rinse. I let it steep for maybe 3 minutes. The result is a glorious nectar of the Gods. I am definitely getting the sparkle. When I was pouring it out of the Yixing I loved the color contrast with the brown of the teapot. It was a beautiful reddish brown color. I don’t know yet about the sensory overload that the ‘98 provides, even when brewed weak like yesterday. My mind is opening to say the least. This is something that coffee cannot provide. Yes it’s an eye opener but what about the third eye? These Xingyangs stimulate the brain and the body and everything in between. I am only on my first cup. I am not myself until the first sip of tea. Gee David, it looks like I need a tin of this too….

David Duckler

Wonderful! I am so glad that you see the qualities of the Xingyang 1998 in this younger tea. It is definitely not the sensory overload of its brother / ancestor, but I like that. While the 98 seems ethereal, this one seems earth-bound and tangible. I will have to try that 3 minute steep in the yixing. The farmers recommend a lot of leaf and a long steep time as well, so your technique here is probably spot on. I will be curious to see how this compared to the even younger nuggets when you brew those up. The upside of a tin of this is that even though it is the same size as the 1998 tin, it hold 6.5 ounces instead of 3.5.

Charles Thomas Draper

Thanks for reminding me about the nuggets. It’s obivious I have many teas to sample. Maybe later today. A pound for 80.00. hmmm

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David Duckler

Wonderful! I am so glad that you see the qualities of the Xingyang 1998 in this younger tea. It is definitely not the sensory overload of its brother / ancestor, but I like that. While the 98 seems ethereal, this one seems earth-bound and tangible. I will have to try that 3 minute steep in the yixing. The farmers recommend a lot of leaf and a long steep time as well, so your technique here is probably spot on. I will be curious to see how this compared to the even younger nuggets when you brew those up. The upside of a tin of this is that even though it is the same size as the 1998 tin, it hold 6.5 ounces instead of 3.5.

Charles Thomas Draper

Thanks for reminding me about the nuggets. It’s obivious I have many teas to sample. Maybe later today. A pound for 80.00. hmmm

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