I recently sampled and reviewed the 2006 version of this and found it to be a good example of a solid semi aged Lincang that offered the typical flavor profile (no wild/purple tea character)and qi that performed well above its price range. This 2008 is a different animal altogether. Here, the wild in its title stands out. If I blind tasted this I would guess it was a 10 year old Wuliang wild cake with its bitter licorice and fig notes. The qi is nice but I can’t comment too much on that as I drank a pot of Last Thoughts with breakfast and that tea can elevate ones mood for prolonged periods.. I’m on steep 6 and the wild king is showing no signs of slowing down. If you are a fan of adolescent purple teas this one is solid. I was expecting something similar to the 06 with possibly diminished leaf quality with the growing popularity of Bingdao area teas. Instead I taste something radically different but still quite good I need a few semi aged purple cakes and have a few samples of cakes from Wu liang I want to taste beside this. It’s definitely on the short list.

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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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