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A great tea… expensive company.

Dry Leaf – Light and dark tones of green with some brown stems. Amazing sweet scent that reminds me of sweet corn and buckwheat honey, and a flowery scent I cant pinpoint.

Wet leaves- Sweet corn smell raises, warm butter and honey with a flower background. As the leaves open the flowery background becomes more apparent but sweet corn nuttiness is the main character. Once the leaves have opened I get the same scents I got previously but with an added citrus character and very apparent mango. As the steeps continue the scents start to fade and mostly mango with hints of the sweetcorn remain with some green vegetable smell in the background.

The Tea – Gong fu style (with a washing of leaves). Butter and lilac seem to be the main character but seem to be only opening up for a sweet honey and nuttiness of corn. Next two steeps are very similar with variations of which specific flavor is highlighted and a slight astringency appears. Once the leaves are fully opened Honey, corn nutty flavors are in the background while a mango/citrus taste becomes apparent and lingers on after sipping a long after the astringency is there but doesn’t lessen the experience. I got the next two steeps being very similar with the last one starting to fade in sweetness and nuttiness but the aftertaste of mango/citrus will linger on. (Mango as in the after taste flavor of eating a ripe mango.)

In summary this IS a really good tea but I’m not sure I would pay the price again, I’ve had similar and better from other sources. But since I’m rating the tea and not the price. GREAT tea!

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Azzrian

How much was it? Thats cool to rate the tea and not the price.

TeaBrat

They are a bit on the pricey side, it’s true

JC

2oz for $31, great tea… You can get similar/better same price 4oz. Good experiece though. In general they are expensive and no free shipping option no matter how much you spend, and is based on weight. Good if you like specific teas and you go to their store.

TeaBrat

I live in San Francisco so I have been to their store a few times. It’s nice to be able to try something before you buy it, their pu-erhs are great, I also have the heritage rougui and the new craft white tea.

Thomas Smith

I much prefer the winter harvest for Lishan, but I’m a sucker for the heavier mouthfeel those can offer.

JC

I have to try that one. I love trying the same tea harvested in different seasons. Amazing what weather does to the leaves.

asewonder

I’m curious to know your brewing parameters for this gong fu style? How many grams of tea to water and how long? I’m experimenting myself.

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Azzrian

How much was it? Thats cool to rate the tea and not the price.

TeaBrat

They are a bit on the pricey side, it’s true

JC

2oz for $31, great tea… You can get similar/better same price 4oz. Good experiece though. In general they are expensive and no free shipping option no matter how much you spend, and is based on weight. Good if you like specific teas and you go to their store.

TeaBrat

I live in San Francisco so I have been to their store a few times. It’s nice to be able to try something before you buy it, their pu-erhs are great, I also have the heritage rougui and the new craft white tea.

Thomas Smith

I much prefer the winter harvest for Lishan, but I’m a sucker for the heavier mouthfeel those can offer.

JC

I have to try that one. I love trying the same tea harvested in different seasons. Amazing what weather does to the leaves.

asewonder

I’m curious to know your brewing parameters for this gong fu style? How many grams of tea to water and how long? I’m experimenting myself.

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Discovered tea a few years ago and I’ve been exploring ever since. I’m looking forward to keep learning and enjoy tea as I do. Keep learning, those who “know” stop learning and become irrelevant to the world.

I’m adding the scale because I noted that we all use the same system but it doesn’t mean the same to all.(I rate the tea not by how much I ‘like it’ only; there are flavors/scents I don’t like but they are quality and are how they are supposed to be and I rate them as such).

90 – 100: AMAZING. This the tea I feel you should drop whatever you are doing and just enjoy.

80-89: Great tea that I would recommend because they are above ‘average’ tea, they usually posses that ‘something’ extra that separates them from the rest.

70-79: An OK tea, still good quality, taste and smell. For me usually the tea that I have at work for everyday use but I can still appreciate and get me going through my day.

60-69: Average nothing special and quality is not high. The tea you make and don’t worry about the EXACT time of steep because you just want tea.

30-59: The tea you should probably avoid, the tea that you can mostly use for iced tea and ‘hide’ what you don’t like.

1-29: Caveat emptor! I feel sorry for my enemies when they drink this tea. :P

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