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92

Described to me in the store as a purer form of Bai Ye not as overpowering as others. It is very subtle. Hints of orange/bergamot among the peach florals. Leaves all uniform going from rich brown to dark greenish brown. More rock flavor as you go, standard steeps 10/15/20/20/30/30/45/60/75/90/120/150/180

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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88

Very nice yancha, smooth with the perfume of shui xian and the vegetals of tie guan yin, steeps 10/15/20/30/45/60/90/120/240. Used 175F in a gaiwan very good structure through out the process, slight rock taste, never overpowering, sound offering from Tea Drunk.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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88

Exceptional green tea, vegetal, artichoke, butter, seaweed, sesame, yummy.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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99

Purchased another bag of this beauty and it never disappoints. The perfect accompaniment for ginger buttermilk scones. I prefer to use a small yixing so you can get many steeps and cherish a blissed out morning.

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99

Best tea I have ever tasted, no really. Gong fu yixing @ 175F.
I have to tell you. I did not rinse this tea, reason being, it is a bit on the expensive side, did not want any to go to waste.
Does that make me dirty? I had a 3 second pang of filth but soon got over it after I sipped the first steep which was in/out of the yixing as the rinse, but it landed in my tummy instead.
Insane tastes of vanilla, banana, caramel, madeleine, mango, roasted walnut.
3,6,9,15,20,25,30,40,50,60,80,110,130 were the steeps.
It did not end, pure bliss. The rock came in about the 6th steep but the aforementioned flavors kept strong into the 8th.
This tea has me floored, but then again I love good cliff teas.
Thank You Shunan.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Hell yeah, baby. A lil’ bit of that SXHC and you’re good to go.

The dry leaf is medium-sized and black. Some broken pieces. It smells mineral and has a slight earthiness, showing its 2 years maturity. The wet leaf smell is even earthier.

No rinse, that would be a waste. This tea evokes the image of finding forgotten cigars, aging in an abandoned basement, mysterious and smoky. Thick like the dust floating in the air. Bitter like forgotten memories. It has a slightly floral finish, like a flower growing through the cracks in the basement floor, or a single ray of light coming from above. The aftertaste lingers and lingers, haunting you as it slowly fades. This isn’t an easy going tea by any means. This is a thick, complex work of art. Drink slowly. It’s beautiful in a twisted way. As for the cha qi from this tea, just note my gradual change of mood. Note that this is their “cheap” cliff tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Mineral, Smoke, Wet Earth, Wood

Preparation
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Sarsonator

Nice review! Love the descriptions!

Cwyn

Been looking at Shui Xian but don’t know where to start.

yyz

Great review.

apt

thanks everyone!

Cwyn: Try Jing Tea Shop. I haven’t had their Shui Xian but their other cliff teas are fantastic.

Cwyn

Will do! Thanks! I just started drinking Yancha and it is a soothing, and tasty, alternative to shou when I need a break from sheng.

apt

JTS also has excellent whites, dancongs, and I’ve heard good things about their puer.

Tea Drunk

I don’t think we could possibly love this review more. “Bitter like forgotten memories.” Priceless! Would you mind if I quoted you on our product listing for this tea? :)

apt

hahaha go ahead!

apt

thanks!

Cwyn

Uh $125??

apt

thats for an ounce of the 1997 shui xian. i have the 2012 shui xian, i got it for $14 an ounce.

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i think this qualifies as a sipdown, though unlike many people on here, I’m always sad to see a great tea go. I wanted to save this for when my gaiwan came, but fuck it I want this tea. Still sweet and roasty, thick syrupy body, and my favorite tea.

BigDaddy

Drank this over the weekend and I agree 100 is the score.

apt

can’t wait for next weekk when I head over there. my gaiwan came minutes after I finished the session with this tea, so I need to have it gongfu.

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I just keep going back to this.

BigDaddy

Same here, and the true cliff is out of the orbit. Can’t wait for Shunan to return with some more killer greens and oolongs.

Tea Drunk

It won’t be long now. We just got our first boxes of tea from China and Shunan will be back on Wednesday. She got some older Shui Xian from 2009 that should be fantastic :)

BigDaddy

Yipee :)

apt

Hell yeah! Will that be a candidate for a daily drinker or will it be a special occasion tea?

BigDaddy

Special occasion, I like to share these with tea newbies to show them how simply beautiful these teas are. Break out the tea tray do the whole gongfu serving. Each time it adds a new convert from coffee to tea. All except my husband. Go figure.

apt

I meant the new 2009 SX. To be honest, I still love coffee. My first oolong was a Taiwanese jade and I loved the contrast with coffee. I branched out a bit but still drink coffee. Just less of it.

I still need to get myself a gaiwan, I might even treat myself with one tomorrow.

BigDaddy

2009 SX will probably be hoarded and sipped in ecstasy.

Tea Drunk

I’ll let you know as soon as I’m able to dig into it!

apt

Can’t wait!

Tea Drunk

Unfortunately I misunderstood Shunan and the 2009 tea is not actually available :/

The good news is that we do have the 2013 True Cliff and Half Cliff ready to go :)

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Roasty, mineral oolong with a pleasant sweetness which reminds me of sweet cream and flowers. Easily one of my favorites, definitely buying more once the new harvest is in!

Bumped up to 100, this is just too good. I cant wait to try their other yanchas!

Flavors: Cream, Flowers, Mineral

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML
BigDaddy

T-Drunk has the best oolongs for sure.

apt

i love t-drunk but the prices are so high…need to find an alternative for daily drinkers

apt

though tbh this tea wasn’t THAT expensive considering a bottle of soda runs the same price.

Tea Drunk

Thanks for the awesome tasting note! Shui Xian is definitely one of our favorites :)

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Bumping this down, I still like it but I think its too roasty.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Nuts

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML
Tea Drunk

We’re so happy that you enjoyed it! This is our most popular TGY.

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90

Had this in Tea Drunk shop with Shunan at the counter teaching me how to brew this tea. She used a clear glass faircup and showed how to spot a good BLC from looking at the leaves. The flavors were off the chain. Toasted pine nuts with a yellow cake flavor and a hint of herbaceous hay. The experience was great.

Tea Drunk

We’re so glad that you enjoyed it! Shunan is in China now and she sent us a video of the 2014 Bi Luo Chun being made.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8abxw-IHJ4

BigDaddy

I am waiting patiently with green tea baited breath.

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