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I’ve had many sessions with this tea and it continues to impress. Dried leaves smell like roasted leaves without any remarkable scent, but once hot water hits them I am immediately hit with rich, almond (yes, really!) essence, sweet buttercream, orchids, and hazelnut. The rinse is thin-bodied, but already exudes a nice mouthfeel. This is a testament to the skill and expertise that went into the roasting, which has enhanced the inherent qualities in the leaf.

The next 4 steeps intensify in aroma, qi, texture, mouthfeel, and flavor. The almond here reminds me of fresh traditional Cantonese almond cookies. It’s very full in the mouth and feels nice in the throat. This one goes strong until the 7th or so steep where it gradually fades. It performs best in a chaozhou red clay teapot.

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93

A nice tea to which you want to return again.
I brewed in a Gong Fu 150 ml, 8 gr. of tea. After rinse, 5 sec. Infusion 5 sec.

Flavors: Orchid, Passion Fruits

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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96

Exemplary, requisite caramel, malt and throw in some dried blueberry and clove. A real gentle sweetness that last throughout the gong fu session and absolutely no bitterness or astringency. Leaf quality A+, long thick firm strands steeping out to 10-12 times and a cha qi that sneaks up and places you on a cloud. Again exemplary.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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85
drank Qi Lan by Wuyi Origin
334 tasting notes

Soft & gentle roast, honeyed sweet body. I found it fairly light with the orchid perfumes but there is a gentle hint of fruits in the background, I have found this with other WO teas. Its a good thing having fruit flickering in & out (especially for me who likes fruit-forward in everything), even if verrry subtle on this one.

The roast fades pretty quickly over the session into really subtle soft perfumed wuyi leaf oolong. Dark greens, good looking leaf.

‘it is quite welcome by most of the tea friends in China’ on the website, and ‘most approachable’ mentioned here. I think that sums it up.

tanluwils

Cindy’s qilan is one of my staple oolongs. It’s very clean and refreshing.

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85
drank Qi Lan by Wuyi Origin
334 tasting notes

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91
drank Bai Jian Yao by Wuyi Origin
91 tasting notes

Nose; Like a fruit Da Hong Pao, peach, apple, plumeria, toasted grain, slight aloeswood, lilac.
Palate; Peach, apple, lychee, pomagranate, slight toasted grain, plumeria

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81
drank Gong Xiang by Wuyi Origin
91 tasting notes

This is the only tea I have had from Wuyi Origin that was just a little disapointing, not bad, just not as amazing as the others. I am sure this is me, since I don’t care as much for this style of tea.
Nose; Sweet, light, hazelnut, tulse.
Palate; slight floral and vegetal, very much like a Taiwan Oolong or a Tie Guan Yin,

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93

A classic fruity Da Hong Pao with some nice complexity.
Nose; very strong fruit, lychee, raspberry, tulse, toasted nori, plumeria, citrus, ginger, galangal, slight herbal note.
Palate; plum, blood orange, redwood, limestone, strawberry, galangal, a bit dry, limestone.

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87

This is a good example and reminds me of the Verdant one.
Nose; Gardenia, orchid, aloeswood, celery.
Palate; delicate, slight cooked greens, orchid, pear, a bit like Taiwan Sourcing Oriental Beauty.

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95
drank Qi Lan by Wuyi Origin
91 tasting notes

Another stellar tea from Cindy! I have to say that she ( or whoever she has doing this ) is a master at tea firing/roasting, her teas never seem to be over roasted, and yet they have just the perfect processing to bring out flavor and aroma while insuring at least some longevity. I even tried to intentionally " burn " a couple and they held up really well. Another plus since this means the teas are very forgiving regarding brewing.
Nose; Vanilla, hazelnut, cream, very light boiled greens, plum, violets, incense, round.
Palate; light berries, cassis, vanilla, slight malt, hazlenut, chestnut, very light chamomile, slight spice.

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94

I found this tea to be one of the best black teas I have tasted.
Nose; beautiful florals, rose, gardenia, light tulse, parsnip, orchid, very light ozone, like a forest after a rain. delightful.
Palate; similar to nose with the addition of rambutan and plumeria, and a sparkling character.

tanluwils

This is actually an oolong. And probably one of Cindy’s best. I am thinking about purchasing another bag….

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83
drank Lapsang Souchong by Wuyi Origin
91 tasting notes

This is not a typical smoky version of this classic tea. Still it has some characteristics of the well known variety. Almost like a cross between Dehong and the title.
Nose; Malt, sweet potato, peach, apple.
Palate; sweet, malt, apple.

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88

A very nice example of JJM.
Nose; Malt, honey, sweet potato, rich
Palate, similar to nose, slight orange peel, butter, sweet.

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91
drank Mei Zhan by Wuyi Origin
91 tasting notes

Nose; Strong fruit, lychee, peach, red raspberry, toasted nori, plumeria, jasmine.
Palate; Slight blood orange, nice sweetness at back of palate, slight cinnamon and allspice, very light toasted flavor, round, brothy,, violets,

This is a really wonderful tea and if you like fruity this one is for you.

Flavors: Blood orange

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84

Why take a good Dan Cong and make it into a black tea? Because you can and someone will drink it I guess are the main reasons. I personally have no bias as long as the price is not too steep. Brewed this western and gongfu, short steeps, long steeps , over steeped to get an idea on the depth. The longer processing of this into a black tea adds the requisite maltiness we all love but dampens and mutes the floral notes. The underlying sweetness is still present early but dissipates quickly. It has very good structure in dry form and on the tongue, all in all I would drink this as an every day tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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95

This is another big tea from Wuyi Origin, so balanced, so sweet, so mineral, so smooth…, but with the force of a Shuixian.
Steeped 15 sec. first adding 5 sec. each until 60 sec., then 15 sec. eah until eleven.
First steep so strong, a little bitter but with a very long Yan Yun aftertaste and a weak sweet notes. In second steep bitters almost disappear increasing the presence of the tipical mineral flavor of a wuyi tea, with smoky notes, woody and chocolat notes. Tea is beginning to round up. Thirth steep is now balanced and smooth, increasing it strong mineral notes and showing honey sweetness. Fron thirth to seven steep the tea stabilizes this flavors, increasing honey notes and rounding the mineral flavor. Aftertaste is very long. base of tongue has a nice bitter that gives strength to the tea. the complete scenario shows and outstanding and very balanced tea.
From eigth steep begins to fade, only showing honey sweetness notes, decreasing mineral and smoky flavors.
The combination of old bush with 4 years aging makes a sublime tea. If you try one time sure you’ll want to repeat the experience.
The youthfulness of Cindy Chen joint with the grandparent’ s experience shaped in this tea let shows the beauty of their souls…

Flavors: Honey, Mineral, Smoke, Smooth, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 6 OZ / 170 ML

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97

Yashi is a very fine cultivar and very rare. Leaves has low oxidation with medium roasting. Since first infusion soup shows a very fine orchid aroma, floral taste, sweet, fruty and subtle floral aftertaste. It’s flavor reminds me a big tea in Taiwan: Da Yu Ling. And as this tea Yashi cultivar has a complex features, but very very soft tasting. Orchid flavor remain until fifth infusion. Then become eith more strenght with a soft bitter that contrast with it’t honey sweetness giving it an outstanding strenght, that is present until 12th infusion. Indeed, like Cindy says, is a relaxing tea, but I focus on the complex flavor that make this tea a rare flavor experience as this unusual cultivare. in summary is not an everyday tea, only for memorable events

Flavors: Flowers, Fruity, Honey, Orchids

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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95

Jinjunmei Tong Mu Guan. Tea is really outstanding, sweet, very sweet and subtle with no bitter.
Wet leaves has a deep caramel aroma. So tiny and uniform leaves shows it high standard.
Steeped 12th times, first 20 sec. addig 5 sec each untill 8th steep. from 9th. to 12th. 15 sec. each.
Soup of rich brown color. Potato smell. First infusion shos a little bitter but soon shows the extraodinary sweetness. All infusion untill 11th. are very subte, sweet, sugarcane, with bits of futal flavor rhan linger in mouth many seconds. Sweet aftertaste.
This is a very subtle tea, the best hongcha i’d ever taste. At the end, you can see beautiful, uniform leaves that shows the careful selection of them. It’s no a cheap tea but you get much more than you paid for it.

Flavors: Honey, Pumpkin, Sugarcane

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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95

Ban tian yao 2016 from Wuyi origin. very pleasant relaxing and balanced tea. It has a little smoky taste, frutal, mineral and with a pronounced sugarcane finish. This tea is very subtle, almost like a Baijiguan, but more roasted and more robust in the beginning.
Wet leaves with typical wuyi aroma with chocolat and woody notes. Medium roast.
I steep this tea with 7 gr. at 87° C. First steep 20 sec., adding 5 sec. each subsecuent steeps until 8th. steep. From 9th. to 12th. 15 sec. each and fron 13th. to 15th. 30 sec.
First infusion shows a subtle smoky flavor with typical mineral flavor and a little frutal aftertaste. This continues fron 2th. to 8th. infusion. Then soup becomes with a very nice sweet and frutal flavor that linger in mouth a lot. Total fifteen steeps.
Tea is very nce and balanced, so subtle. It remains me Baijiguan cultivar, but more complex and a little more strong flavor. It´s a relaxing tea very good to share with your friends

Flavors: Fruity, Mineral, Smoke, Sugarcane, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 6 OZ / 170 ML

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93

Outstanding tea for a Rou Gui varietal. It has a very strong presence: a classic Wuyi Yancha, with a strong Yanyun at the beginning and finaly with an frutal (peach – Apple) aftertaste. It ’s quality are like a Shui Yin Gui or a Tie Luo Han, or maybe better.
I brewed 7 gr. of tea in a Yixing teapot of 170 ml. First steep 20 sec, next eight steeps adding 5 sec. each, and fron ninth 15 sec. each steep. In total Thirteen infusions.
Wet leaves has a strong rocky, mineral and chocolat aroma. Leaves has a dark color like a médium-high oxidation. very nice wet leaves.
First steep shows a classic Wuyi Yancha with personality, strong, very strong flavor predominating mineral flavor with chocolat and Woody notes. At the end a subtle fruity aftertaste. In summary, a big strong and delicious tea.
from second to fifth steeps remains the minerality, emerging slowly honey notes and remains fruty aftertaste.
last infusions begins to lost of the minerality increasing the frutal peach notes and same aftertaste. No bitter at all. very pleasant, easy to drink, but allways with strong presence.
I think this is an art piece from a Rou Gui that combines an excellent ground, beautiful leaves and a careful baking process. The perfect combination between nature and human creativity.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Mineral, Peach, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 170 OZ / 5027 ML

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96

Oh dear!! Did not expect this at all. Shhhhhhhhh be very very quiet, I’m drinking WuYi nectar of the immortals. This is my first time with this varietal, been scoping it out for at least 5 years but hey there is soooo much tea out there to drink and I like my favorite WuYis in my cupboard. I decided to try it because of its source WuYi Origin. All of the teas from this company have been super tasty and reasonably affordable. The first thing when opening the bag is you get a big whiff of cocoa and turbino. The leaves are deep black, plump, thick, long, velvety. The name of the tea is suggestive that this will taste like BaiYe, BaiJi & RuiGui and it does and doesn’t. First off there is the sweet floral nature of the Bai then the backbone stonefruit of the Rui, but then it morphs into a DaHongPoa but without the over smokey roastiness with creamy peach honey flavors. Super smooth and supple on the tongue with a chew. After a few steeps the rock comes in along the sides of the tongue as a slight mineral astringency but still smooth. Later the sweetness gives way to the gentle roast and some orange rind. Used gaiwan GongFu brewed out to 10 steeps. 5/10/15/20/30/45/60/90/150/300. The longer steeps at the end did not offer up any bitterness at all. West and wewaxation at wast!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
Rasseru

damn. I just made an order with them, this sounds nice.. Oh well – got some fenghuang to try as well as some rou gui fruity

Terri HarpLady

I guess I’ll have to add them to my list… for future reference!

tanluwils

This sounds superb. There were so many choices that this one slipped my mind…dang nabbit!!! Have you tried their 2017 Ming Qian Advanced Bai Mu Dan?

BigDaddy

No. Gives me reason to go back

tanluwils

I don’t remember whether you were into white tea or not, but this one is the level of what I had at Shunan’s.

Rasseru

I forgot to buy some of the white from my first order. damnit I will have to make another

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This reminds me of the small batch of wild oolong (see testing note) Cindy had harvested and crafted from the same tea leaves used to process their popular wild lapsang souchong. The tea liquor is a crystal clear orange hue and is very smooth in texture. The tea can be felt in the corners of my cheeks and in the back of the throat. I would say the aroma is more of the show-stopper, while the tea flavor is extremely soothing, lively, and bright. Both in aroma and flavor, it has a definitive granite/karst mineral base, highly floral, and something juicy that is reminiscent of a very ripe vine tomato. I can get a good 7 steeps out of this one before it looses flavor.

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97

Mi Lan Xiang Old Bushes 2017 from Wuyi origin.
I brewed in a Gong Fu 160 ml, 7 gr. of tea. After rinse, 20 sec first, adding 5 seconds each brew untill one minute, then 15 sec. next four steeps and then 30 seconds last three infusions. In total finfteen infusions.
Wet leaves has an spectacular floral and milk aroma. leaves with medim oxidation (~30%) and low-medium roast.
Liquor of ambar color, bright with a soft fruit/floral aroma.
First-Fourth steep: In mouth A little bitter, frutal with an outstanding guava, mango and passion fruit aftertaste. very very long aftertaste.
Fifth-Ten steep: Till fifth infuson the bitter was soften and emerges floral tones with a soft honey sweetness. Aftertaste has a strong and delicious tropical fruit with touches of honey.
Lasts infusions shows roundness, strong honey notes and a delicious sweet aftertaste.
Unusual tea. Different with a large spectrum of flavors, scatching perfection. Excellent relationship price quality.
When a I drank it reminds me a flowery garden wirh a lot of colors like yellow, orange, red, light green with a deep blue sky…

Flavors: Guava, Honey, Mango, Orchids, Passion Fruits

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 160 OZ / 4731 ML

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