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15 Tasting Notes

86

I really enjoyed this one. It probably has (for me) the best price/quality ratio from teas I’ve tried from EoT. Its energy is very good, the tea tastes nice and complex. I could not find any weakness. More notes at: http://jakubtomek.blogspot.com/2012/03/1980s-bamboo-wrapped-tuocha.html

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79

A fine aged tea, nicely priced. It has still remains of youth in it, a lot of strength. More notes at: http://jakubtomek.blogspot.com/2012/02/1997-hen-li-chang-bulang.html

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77

Very nice, dry stored (maybe too dry) tea of sufficient complexity. More notes at: http://jakubtomek.blogspot.com/2012/03/1998-cnnp-you-le.html

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84

High quality tuocha, I don’t know any better Xiaguan Jia Ji than this (made after 2000). Very balanced and complex, much more interesting than usual Xiaguan smoke.

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80

A very enjoyable Yi Wu tea. It is better than most and cheaper than most Yiwu cakes I’ve had, which yields the “very good in my opinion” rating.

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90

This is a most excellent Jingmai tea, the positive things of Jingmai being furthered by the addition of tea flowers. An excellent combination. Still strong, should age well.

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75

A bit about this one at: http://jakubtomek.blogspot.com/2012/01/several-pieces-from-chawangshop.html

I generally rather enjoyed this one. Nicely aged, very smooth and pleasant.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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86

This is one of the best Jinuoshan TF You Le cakes I’ve had. Probably the second best. It’s rather quickly aged, however not too much, no wet storage smell is there.

Very powerful, fruity, flowery, definitely an easy-drinking and enjoyable tea with good potential for further aging I dare say.

I rate it a little lower than the 2004 Jinuoshan TF You Le early spring 400 cakes as it is not as refined and complex. Still a great drink…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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54

Very solid little shu… I don’t like shu much though.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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75

A very enjoyable tea – typical meadow-flowery You Le. Not as fine as Jinuoshan production, but that is two times as expensive.

This is a very nice tea for usual drinking, nicely aging, not having any obvious flaws, definitely enjoyable.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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