Best Yiwu I ever had. From about 1991 til last year I was a second flush Darjeeling fanatic, Singbulli,Jungpana, Castleton, Thurbo etc. Then I discovered Yiwu sheng last winter and realized it gave me everything that a good Darjeeling could and more. My Darjeeling collection is probably going stale. Anyhow, this tea transports one to another place. It’s loaded with notes of jasmine and what I liken to the smell of the evergreen rainforests of the Olympic peninsula in Washington. In later steeps, notes of honey and almond seep in. The qi is outstanding and takes one to a land where it’s always afternoon. Can’t wait to try rareness 2 and 3. As for Yiwu in this price range I also really liked Hai Langs . It was more aggressive with more wild jungle taste…but I found it’s qi to be unremarkable. Of course qi is rather personal. Anyhow, you need to try a sample of this. Wish I could afford a tong!

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I’ve been a huge fan of all manner of black tea since the early 90s particularly second flush Darjeeling, Fujian, Yunnan and Assam teas but last winter fell headfirst into the sheng world and the rest is history…


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