179 Tasting Notes

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drank Qi Lan by Wuyi Origin
179 tasting notes

Smoooooth! Highly enjoyable, sweet with a hint of nut and oat/wheatberry. Has all the structure of a fine Yancha with the rock appearing in the mid-late steeps, a slight increase in salivation throughout. Glad I bought scads of it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 160 OZ / 4731 ML

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95

First time drinking this company’s teas.
Free samples, don’t you just love the anticipation of trying something different with no expectation except they don’t usually give it out free if it sucks. I purchased a sizeable order and this was the free sample sent along. I like oolongs, and generally the higher the quality the more expensive the tea. So oolong drinking can empty the pockets fast. This is listed at 100 gr for $40 bucks or somewhere about $3 a session for me. A session lasts about 3 hours of pleasure so it’s in the realm of affordable. I start from this point in my contemplation of future purchases, the deciding factor being the flavor. Now for the session.
I used my Dan Cong Yixing pot and had at it. As the water hits the leaves an ambrosial cavalcade of honey orchid hits the nose, “dude, quick, put the lid on and stop whiffing.” The first brew is sweetish, it tastes as its fragrance does, over bounding with orchid floral aromas. The next 4 steeps are why I drink tea. Pure bliss, the leaves open up and pour out their beauty. All are over the top floral with a sweet honey at the start of the sip and ending down the throat. There is a gentle dryness slash astringency that is to be expected and in this case relished in the middle sides on the tongue. The aromas and florals hang around it seems forever. Did fall off like I thought after the 7th steep but still managed to brew a few more after that. Nice tea sessions set up the day, makes you smile, relax and face the day.
This is a good, good tea and for the price will definitely be in the cupboard when next I order.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 160 ML
tanluwils

Cindy’s family makes amazing tea. I really love their Qilan as a staple and their Rougui as a guilty pleasure.

BigDaddy

Your right just finished my Qi Lan session and so happy I stocked up. I also ordered the Da Hong Pao blend, Bai Ye and Rougui. I’m in heaven. This is so far on par with Tea Drunk’s selection at a fraction of the price.

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86

Bright, flavorful with expressions of malt and orange zest, seems to be a hint of Dan Cong oolong in there somewhere. Had nice endurance with flavors consistent throughout session. I could see this as a base for Earl Grey. Had a bit of zip to it as well. Enjoyable

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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88

Love it when you’re not expecting much and the session is really enjoyable. That’s what I had this morning. I had a crew over to do work on house so I was busily brewing and had my first steep down my throat before it dawned on me that I didn’t pay attention. The second steep was really good. Sweet nectar that had a hint of corniness, thicker than most Jade and more structured in the cup. There is also a hint of spice in the aroma that translates into the flavor but at a whisp. I brewed it up only 6 times as the flavors are mostly starting to fall away at that point and didn’t want the session to end on a flat note.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 8 g 220 OZ / 6506 ML

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74
Smokey plum, brulee without the sweetness and a hint of corn nut at the end. Alas not much to say, Butiki’s aged 4 seasons ruined me. It was so good, haven’t found that flavor since. This has a nice enough structure, full bodied, lasts a good 8-10 steeps, but is ultimately unidimensional in flavor. So still searching, will try more of TTCs aged tea selection, has to be a winner in there somewhere.
Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 8 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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84

For such a bad year 2016 was, I’ve had repeated success in sipping great Taiwanese Oolongs and this is another. Always a fav of mine, Jade oolong is a grounding tea for me, usually light comfortable faint florals, hay, and grassiness. This has all that but much more pronounced. Not a rock star but more like the smooth melodies of Anne Murray. Throw in a faint bit of butter and sweetness and this makes a rainy day feel sunny all over.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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94

Simply scrumptious! Never had roasted/baked Bao Zhong before. If I didn’t know any better I’d swear this was a Dan Cong. Large twisted dark brown black leaves with flecks of green. Wet leaf smell of baked chocolate chip cookies and floral bouquet. The flavor has almond, butter, florals, and a sweetness that is dry in nature. Steeped 10/15/20/30/40/60/90 then flavors drop off. Been looking to settle down with my tea buying, you know choose a red, oolong, pu erh and stick with it and wasn’t really prepared to like this so much. Indeed I will now have to have more of this beauty.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 6 OZ / 180 ML
Daylon R Thomas

If only I wasn’t done with my budget for tea.

BigDaddy

My house needs work the yard is a mess and all that IRS money is finally here but surely I can spend a few bucks on tea first , right?

tanluwils

Very nice. I have yet to try baozhong oolong.

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86

Nice overall presentation. Comes in individual double vacuum sealed packages. Dry leaves are vibrant green with faint grass notes. Once the water hits the leaves, aromas of gardenias fill the air. I steeped this both gongfu in a small teapot and in my Teavana large teamaker. I have to say that I prefer the western method with this tea because the flavors are so soft yet intense it takes a larger amount of tea for me to really appreciate them. Flavors of gardenia slight grassiness and milkiness are there as you would expect in an Imperial TGY. But in this tea there is something different. It brews up into a light shade of pale yellow and never gets forceful. The individual bag says “Faint fragrance The Teakettle” Just be aware that if you want the usual experience with TGY this is a more light, subdued yet enjoyable tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 110 OZ / 3253 ML

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