78 Tasting Notes

75

Although this is a gorgeous-looking tea, both dry and infused, it is typical of gaoshans in that its taste is rather thin and light. What it does have (taste & aroma) is very pleasant, mind you, but there is not much of it.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 90 deg., 5:00 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 7:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80

After a week’s worth of exposure to air, this shu produces a very pleasant soup tasting of fresh-cut green beans and sugar snap peas. There is the usual leathery taste as well, but it is very much in the background. A delightful surprise!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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60

Quite soft, sweet, and floral, as far as young shengs go. But it is still a sheng, and thus carries the seemingly-obligatory taste of dirty work pants. The best sheng I’ve had to date, but still awful.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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88

This is a lovely second-flush Darjeeling. It is full-bodied, smooth, deep, and pleasantly tannic, with that Darjeeling “tang” (at the end) that I have come to love about teas from this region. A fine tea indeed, but a tad pricey.

First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 90 deg., 1:30 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 6:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

Although this has the seemingly-obligatory smell / taste of dirty work pants, it has less of it than other shengs I have tried. There is also a touch of the sweet and floral here. A definate improvement over previous shengs I have tasted, but still pretty bad.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80

This is a solidly enjoyable, and enjoyably solid, no-nonsense SF Darjeeling. Nicely muscatel, with moderate tannins and astringency, and the usual Darjeeling fruit-like tartness.

First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 90 deg., 2:00 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 7:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65

A somewhat odd-tasting tea: similar to a FF Darjeeling (albeit in a muted form), but there is also a note of something akin to wheat, or a similar grain. Way too expensive for something that tastes rather flat, and is nothing much in particular.

First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 75 deg., 2:00 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 75 deg., 4:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 75 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

This tea is a blend of a bai mu dan and a FF Darjeeling: one-third the former and two-thirds the latter. The white tea components tend to tone down the Darjeeling aspects (which in turn rather overwhelm the former). Nice enough, I guess, but too expensive for something so mixed-up.

First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 75 deg., 2:00 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 75 deg., 4:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 75 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

This is an unusual-tasting tea. It is similar to a FF Darjeeling (possibly as a result of the hard wither each receives), but with more of a tart tang and fruit-like element to it. A FF Darjeeling on steroids, perhaps.

First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 90 deg., 2:00 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 4:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Indigobloom

I think I had one similar to this, but now I can’t recall the name. Doh!

sherubtse

Did you purchase it from Camellia-Sinensis?

Best wishes,
sherubtse

Indigobloom

No it was a free sample from somewhere. Not Camellia-Sinenis. Maybe from a swap

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80

Drinking the 2013 version of this, Lot 217, is disappointing. The promise in the aroma of the wet leaves and liquor proves futile in the taste of the liquor itself. This seems to be common with gaoshans, viz. lots of promise but less fulfillment.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 90 deg., 4:00 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 7:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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