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Gentle and smooth with a slightly fruity sweetnes.
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Flavors: Fruity, Smooth, Sweet

8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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Dark leaf, dark reddish orange soup, sweet raisin, sweet feel & some other natural/woodsy Yiwu notes. Not bitter, fairly refined & elegant taste. Sweet fruit aroma. The woody note shares a similarity with Wuyi Oolong, its a really easy drinking one.

Later steeps 5+ there was a gorgeous complex stonefruity/natural/menthol/woodsy flavour. It had a kaleidoscope huigan effect which stayed kept me on my toes – these steeps were really good.

By steep 10 or so, i was in the 1:20 range, the flavour huigan started subsiding but there was still something natural there, the soup was still pretty dark.

I hit this with 90c into my thermos so, 85c or so, & did 1/5/10/15/20/25/30/40/60/1:20 etc

Flavors: Fruity, Menthol, Stonefruits, Sweet, Wood

190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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drank Mei Zhan (14066) by
334 tasting notes

Quite like this Yancha.

its roasty & aromatic but also citrus fruity & you can taste the Oolong coming through, has a lovely nutty-more-than-woody body & never overshadowed by a burnt wood flavour.

There is a floral aroma thats hanging around still & a buzzy head. Im not sure of the type of floral (terrible at that!) but its soft & petal-like.

I totally love these kind of Yancha that are caramel-richer & thick rather than dark chocolate & heavy roast types..

by steep 4/5 the smoke is clearing & a fruity floral oolong aroma is popping out (I got strawberries & also Turkish delight/rose). The liquor is still a bit acrid (thats too strong a word, but…) due to the smoke in it, but the huigan is nice, and again nice aromas hanging around.

steeps 6/7 & beyond. is now mellow, still a bit thick & dry with a good aroma still. i’m enjoying it at this stage very much. ive been eating dark chocolate with salt & lime & its a wonderful accompaniment (Monetzuma’s brand, never tried before. ok on its own but really very nice with tea ive just found out tonight) im leaving the water in the gaiwan uncounted by now

Nice stuff, having never tried Mei Zhan before, its a bit of a winner, the florals & nutty smoke are still prominent enough in the later steeps keeping me interested :)

Flavors: Char, Citrus, Floral, Nutty, Roasted, Rose, Strawberry

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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drank Zhang Ping Shui Xian by
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A gift in my order, a vacuum sealed dark roasted zhangping mini cake.

This one was finished a while ago -I have removed some of the tasting notes as I might be getting them mixed up with another (that im drinking now & is in a silver vacuum sealed bag) The cake was very dark & dry. light-med smoky as well, but I couldnt pinpoint the type of smoke. overall the taste was smooth & ofc loads of infusions.

I love these zhangping cakes, every one ive had has been a pleasure :)

sorry for lack of picture, it was a dark silver packet iirc, but cant find an image – also for not taking proper notes – but I do remember I really liked it. Im pretty sure it was slightly burnt chocolate but also smooth & lovely.

Flavors: Burnt, Smoke, Smooth

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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This stuff is lovely. Stewed apricots and cream, maybe apple sauce as well. Nice warming cha qi & beautiful aroma that is very dan cong oolong (reminds me of a ba xian I have), slightly cashew nut, medium thickness & drying of the mouth with some cooling of the lips, although not strong menthol. I was surprised to get an oolong oilyness, this tea is 100% up my street.

Pleasing in every way. It is soft and velvety and unlike any sheng I have tasted up until now. Drank it all day, lost count of the number of steeps I had but the first third of the session were the ones for me.

gorgeous stuff, nicest sheng I have had to date I think.

Thanks Rui A for this lovely sample :)

Flavors: Apricot, Cream, Creamy, Menthol, Nutty

Rui A.

You are most welcome. Another point that surprised me was its transparency, so similar to a very good quality oolong tea.


something about the way the oil from the leaf coats the mouth too. And a very interesting perfume, it smelled like the person making it really knows tea craft.

Daylon R Thomas

Okay, added to wish list to try.


you know how you can add a cashew paste to a curry and it flattens it a bit? thats how this feels to me, any bitterness has been flattened by the sort of nutty cream, and then you get the different flavour that I associate with more nutty teas.

I’m having it again today I like it so much. Yeah it smells of oolong.

Nom factor +1

Daylon R Thomas

Is it really that close to the Ba Xian? If it is, daaaaannng. Though I want to try the Ba Xian. So would you recommend this, or the Ba Xian?


no, it isnt like a ba xian, its still a sheng, just has oolong characteristics. Interesting mix. its just got a sort of aroma I associate with it, a nutty floral thing. I was going to split a cake of mine with LP, and was actually thinking of sending you some oolong samples via him already as I think we have similar tastes from your reviews, and shipping from UK i might as well.

Have you never tried ba xian dan cong?


but the aroma is like a ba xian i have, if you understand :)

Daylon R Thomas

Not officially, no. I’ve had Big Black Leaf Dan Congs which sound kinda similar since they are super floral and nutty. I can also totally understand the Ba Xian aroma. And holy crap, thank you! My trading stock isn’t the best right now to be honest. The lower reviews that I’ve posted are the ones that I have the most of. The highest rated ones that I have the most of are the Moonlight Sonata, Cherry Chocolate Latte Oolong, the Mexican Hot Chocolate, the Choco-Muscat Chai, and the Mandala Noble Mark. The Mandala Pu-Erh is one of the best dark pu-erh’s I’ve had, but it is also the strongest tea I have which makes it a little problematic. The Drunken Dragon from J-Tea I have less than an ounce of that I was reserving for LP. The others are Quarter to Tea and some stuff I have from LP.

And I’m pretty frickin confident we have the same kinda preferences and tastes. Both coffee and tea lovers after all. Plus LP also knows what I like pretty well. Our taste buds are also REALLY close with a few differences. Our preferences also overlap most of the time, except he likes greener where I like some slightly darker. Save Pu-Erh.


Yeah no worries, I dont know whats going on in the sheng olympic thread, as there seems to be a group buy going on, not sure if LP still wants to split the cake or not, if there is some available in the US. I’ll get you some either way. He was kind enough when I joined, and i like paying things forward :)


In my experience da wu ye is more perfume like a ya shi, and ba xian has a softer thing going on.

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