45 Tasting Notes

This is the least smokey young sheng I’ve had so far. It smells a little smokey dry, but it smells fruity when wet. It tastes slightly fruity and I enjoyed eating it with some smokey gouda cheese.

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drank 2013 FT Feitai 7572 by White2Tea
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drank Duck Shhh Oolong by White2Tea
45 tasting notes

It smells somewhat sweet, like tutti-frutti. It tastes less floral than it smells. I haven’t fallen in love with Dancongs yet, but this is one of the tastier ones I’ve had so far.

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I don’t know whether this is a shu or a sheng. Is this what sheng becomes after 17 years of aging? It’s not as potent and fishy as most of the shu I drink. It seems slightly smokey, but not nearly as smokey as the young sheng I’ve had.

The flavor is subtle and a little grassy, but I enjoy it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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drank 2011 Dashu Bulang by White 2 Tea
45 tasting notes

Fairly smokey and a little bitter. I think I’m still not a fan of sheng.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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I really like this tea. It’s reminiscent of a silver needle white tea (tastes soft and fuzzy), but it’s rich like a black tea.

I brewed 4 grams in my 4 oz. gaiwan, starting at about 8 seconds for the first steeping.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Houjicha Ichiban by Steepster
45 tasting notes

This is my favorite Japanese tea so far. It has the roasted flavor of genmaicha but doesn’t have the grassy flavor I usually associate with Japanese green teas.

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This is one of my new favorite oolongs. It’s very malty, like some of my favorite black teas but with more body.

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66

Chrysanthemums helped bring out more of the flavor. I also think this tea benefits from more tea (or less water) while steeping.

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Smells sweet and smokey. It’s not too bland but not very bold. It’s a little too bitter for my taste. It’s not my favorite, but it’s not bad.

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