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Only brewed around 3g of this because I was sipping out of a small cup.
The leaf is absolutely beautiful when it is fully unraveled. Th bruise marks and the vein show signs of being crafted in a mastered way, unless someone is just really lucky. I have at least 8 nice cups of this and it reminded me of a baozhong and a tieguanyin all at the same time. It’s very light and delicate but provides a nice balance of floral and vegetable notes that you would find in the crossing of a green to oolong tea. If my computer didn’t get the 503 error I could find more information and evaluate the cost… but, blah.
I’ve got a cold right now, so may have to revisit this when trying again, but I thought this was very nice – I was pleasantly surprised. It’s so often that you find a vendor who makes exaggerated claims about a tea, and then the tea is not so good, but this one reminded of me (in a good way) of some other teas I’ve had and really enjoyed.
The aroma under the gaiwan lid was great, but the empty cup wasn’t quite as fragrant as I would have expected. But the tea was fairly durable, and the taste sweet and spicy, with just a bit of astringency and roughness on the front of the tongue. Looking forward to brewing this a couple of different ways, and definitely need to try the 2012 version, as well as get some more of the 2011.
The tea is described as traditional. I would consider the roast medium / balanced / sufficient (not over, not under), and I’d describe the oxidation as medium, but the roast is well done, and it’s been well roasted, so there’s no sharpness or unpleasant notes. Aftertaste is lasting, even with my nose partially out of commission, and has an interesting, complex flavor, and maybe some of the elusive ‘yan yun’.
Not sure whether this is qidan or some other varietal, and can’t vouch for whether it’s really from 100+ year old bushes, but I would believe that it’s old bush, at any rate. Regardless of what it is, my first impression is that this is quite a bit better than a lot of other yancha in its price range.
Lusciously sweet fragrance of fresh osmanthus on a foundation of fresh herbs and accents of tropical fruits. Lively, sweet, malty infusion accentuated with sharp bites of tangerine peel. Light tones of berries. Sweet aftertaste. Lingering waves of osmanthus after aroma.
A unique nose that carries both the floral brightness of Chinese Sacred Lily and the warmth of cinnamon in the characteristic Wuyi oolong toasted grain/cereal aroma. Stout with tinkling citrus bites and accents of spices balanced with an overall soft malty sweetness. Light citrous sweet aftertaste.
Deep, sweet, warm, complex aroma hinting cinnamon, sweet roots, apple sauce with an optimally fired toasty cereal overtone. Accents of moss and earthiness that are typical of high grown oolong characters. Dark amber stout infusion rounded with good malty sweetness in a silky texture. Slight citrus accents and immediate, tinkling spicy, bittersweet aftertaste.
Deep, sweet, warm and complex aroma. Tints of sweet roots and an undertone of apple butter with a balanced toasty cereal overtone. Accents of moss and herbs that are typical of high grown oolongs. Dark amber stout infusion rounded with good malty sweetness in a silky texture. Slight citrus accents and immediate, tinkling spicy, bittersweet aftertaste.