114 Tasting Notes
Significantly stronger and with more bitterness than the 2016 Han Gu Di with also very nice leafes, but also no very unique character, which would make this tea stand out.
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Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Fruity, Sweet, Vegetal
Good leaf quality, initially slight bitterness, otherwise mainly rather indefinable sweetness. Good but without an independent character or recognizable qi.
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Flavors: Bitter, Sweet
Rather soft with a noticeable moist note, but its origin dates back several years. The most prominent aspect of this tea is an astringent-leathery-acid fungal note, which is very long-lasting and increases as the infusions progress. Unusual but not bad, but the tea has a relatively light body.
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Flavors: Astringent, Leather, Medicinal, Mushrooms, Sour
Strong, heavy body with a very smooth texture and complex composition of bitter, astringent, woody, sweet, discreetly moist and a subtle acidity, all in all a very nice spicy flavour, which remindes me of the 2008 Bulang Ancient by EoT. In addition, there is an intensely relaxing Qi and surprisingly good leaves for a Factory Sheng. However, the storage was anything but “clean” and in spite of the age, the tea is still a little aggressive, which together gives some deduction regarding the rating.
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Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Heavy, Smooth, Sour, Spicy, Sweet, Wood
Very strong leather note with present bitterness and a medically woody note. The rather humid storage is clearly noticeable, but is not at all musty but the good type of humid storage. Surprisingly intense, mainly awakening Qi and a very long lasting tea. Leaves range from very beautiful to catastrophic, though.
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Flavors: Leather, Limestone, Medicinal, Wood
Slightly mineral and floral with a subtle bitterness and sweet, vegetable note, surprisingly intense body and beautiful “stable character”. The first two infusions have a slightly unpleasant, hard to describe note (soapy-oolong-like?), but from the third infusion on, the actual character of the tea comes forth. In the 2016 version, however, this note is not (any more?) present, so maybe only a temporary phenomenon.
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Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Sweet, Vegetal
Beautiful full-bodied with a very silky texture and from the first sip on intensely fresh-floral, slightly bitter notes as well as a discreetly invigorating Qi. Undoubtedly a very good tea, but for my taste a little too “clean”.
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Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Flowers, Round , Smooth, Sweet