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Discovery Tea box – Tea #18

It’s odd… I had to add this to Steepster. Not sure why it wasn’t here already. I wasn’t really paying attention to this tea, so I just noticed it’s a white tea. Nothing great, nothing offensive. I drank two cups. Wow, what a fantastic tasting note. Well, I added it to Steepster, so I figured I’d have to say something about it… or possibly no one else ever will. (Or possibly this being unnoteworthy for me was a problem for other people and they never added it to Steepster because of that?)


hmm I thought I had logged a tasting note for this one. I will have to remedy that soon. thanks for adding it!

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drank Ye Lai Xiang Dancong by Verdant
413 tasting notes

Meh, this dan cong didn’t really do anything for me. The aromas were tantalizing but the flavor didn’t match up. The leaves were dark, lightly twisted ribbons with an orchid and chocolate malt aroma. Once steeped, the aroma changes to sandalwood, spices, and wet rocks. The brewed tea has a fairly generic dan cong taste profile. There’s a bit of honey, some spice, woodsiness, and roasted tones. A little fruitiness comes out as it cools. The roast on this tea is light and reminded me of a light baked Taiwanese Jin Xuan oolong. First couple of steeps were okay, but it quickly went flat and by the 4th steep, it was mostly woodsy and had a slight oily mouthfeel.

Flavors: Roasted, Spices, Wet Rocks, Wood

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Another show stopper. For those who don’t like the full on pu-erh experience but would like to like pu-erh, I would recommend this one.
The nose is forrest floor, humic, sea shore, salty, mushrooms.
The palate is light, slight honey, seashore, savory and very lightly salty, umami, little bit cinnamon, and raisins, with a lingering sweetness.

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WOW! very complex and perfectly balanced at the same time. Nose, roasted chestnuts, apricot, honey, lightly floral, lilac, slight citrus.
Palate, oranges, apricots, sparkling mineral, violets, rhubarb, bergamot, honey, just wonderful!

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I seemed to be able to do better brewing this one. It is light and delicate, but the flavors are definitely there and it is a fuller less thin tea than the other dancongs that i have tried. Nose and palate are very similar with sweet orange, celery, osmanthus, rose, roasted barley, and delightful peach on the finish. Backward ( the flavor seems to be stronger on the back of the palate ).

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drank Ye Lai Xiang Dancong by Verdant
91 tasting notes

I have some trouble with dancong teas, they just seem to brew very light and delicate for me compared to other wulongs. If any one has any suggestions as to what I may be doing wrong, please let me know. That said, this one is very light, jasmine, rose, roasted barley, pineapple and slightly vegetal.

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