100

Dry Leaf Sweet, floral, plummy/apricot, fresh.
Wet Leaf Vanilla, creamy, sweet potato/taro, apricot.
Liquor Pale greenish-yellow

Gong Fu in Yixing Gaiwan 6oz/5-6g

1st – 2secs The lid and leaves smell extremely sweet, fruity and creamy with citrus notes. Floral and fruity with strong citrus notes like orange peel that is subtly in its lingering presence. As it washes down it becomes sweet with hints of vanilla. The aftertaste is subtly sweet, floral and citrusy.

2nd – 2secs Lid and leaves smell extremely sweet and citrusy with apricot and vanilla notes. Sweet and floral with citrus and vanilla notes that slowly fade into floral sweetness that lingers through the aftertaste with is very refreshing.

3rd – 4secs Lid and leaves smell sweeter and floral with slightly less citrus and apricot notes. The liquor is very floral and it becomes plummy/apricot like with strong citrus notes. As it washes down the strong floral slightly fades and lingers with vanilla notes. The aftertaste is sweet and refreshing.

4th – 6secs Lid and leaves smell sweet, floral vanilla with apricot and citrus notes. The liquor is Citrusy and sweet, vanilla floral with apricot notes. As it washes down it is very sweet and refreshing with apricot notes. The aftertaste is sweet and pleasantly refreshing.

5th – 8secs Lid and leaves smell sweet and strong apricot with citrus notes. Floral citrusy with apricot and vanilla notes. As it washes down it remains floral and the aftertaste is refreshing and lasting.

6th – 12secs Lid and leaves smell more apricot and citrusy with some sweetness. The liquor is very citrusy and apricot/plummy like with floral vanilla notes. As it washes down it becomes rather sweet and floral, this lasts through the aftertaste.

Final Notes
I got a good 9 steeps out of this one. This one has some subtle notes but it is complex in the many notes that it bears but they are fairly straight forward and enjoyable with little effort. I love it. This is the lightest roast version of this tea I had and by far the most ‘plummy/apricot’ like, very good. EDIT!!! I’ve been going through all my Oolongs again. this needed a ‘grading’ update. So does Gong Xian!!!

Preparation
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Azzrian

Added to the shopping list! Wowza! Sounds excellent!

JC

It is! you should get the same phoenix Oolong sampler I did. So far so good. I will be dedicating a Yixing pot to Phoenix Oolongs pretty soon.

Invader Zim

How much was it for the Phoenix oolong sampler? I saw the PDF tea list but I didn’t see any samplers on there.

JC

The sampler I got is $100, sound like a lot. But considering you are getting 5 top quality light Oolongs it’s well worth it. BUT he is doing sample sizes (he still needs to advertize those). I think (don’t call me on it) the samples sizes are based on the normal price but instead of the 4oz base he uses for the prices it would be for around 10-15g of tea.

I’d call and clear this up. I got this Oolong sampler and two sample size aged puerhs for $5-9 each, but this might be because the puerh cakes are 10-15 years old.

Invader Zim

Thank you for the info. I’ll have to give him a call then, but it may have to wait until after the holidays.

JC

I hear ya! I was happy about the money saved in the past months… then I remembered the holiday… sigh there goes my money.

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Azzrian

Added to the shopping list! Wowza! Sounds excellent!

JC

It is! you should get the same phoenix Oolong sampler I did. So far so good. I will be dedicating a Yixing pot to Phoenix Oolongs pretty soon.

Invader Zim

How much was it for the Phoenix oolong sampler? I saw the PDF tea list but I didn’t see any samplers on there.

JC

The sampler I got is $100, sound like a lot. But considering you are getting 5 top quality light Oolongs it’s well worth it. BUT he is doing sample sizes (he still needs to advertize those). I think (don’t call me on it) the samples sizes are based on the normal price but instead of the 4oz base he uses for the prices it would be for around 10-15g of tea.

I’d call and clear this up. I got this Oolong sampler and two sample size aged puerhs for $5-9 each, but this might be because the puerh cakes are 10-15 years old.

Invader Zim

Thank you for the info. I’ll have to give him a call then, but it may have to wait until after the holidays.

JC

I hear ya! I was happy about the money saved in the past months… then I remembered the holiday… sigh there goes my money.

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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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