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I have the Spring 2015 harvest, and this is almost a sipdown already but I’ve been drinking and loving this tea so much especially in the past year now that the flavours have fully developed.
Dry leaf: Powdered cocoa, sweet passionfruit
Liquor: Smells divinely floral, like sweet creamy gardenia or orchid. The tea tastes sweet and tangy, tangy like coffee or fruity Madagascan dark chocolate, with the typical Yancha notes of chocolate but less pronounced ones of mineral and wet rocks. Amazing.
I remember when I visited Tea Drunk in NYC and the cheapest Wuyi oolong on the menu was this Qi Lan, so I thought of it as an “inferior” Wuyi. How wrong I was! While my favourite Wuyi oolong is probably still Da Hong Pao, Qi Lan is a gorgeous lighter, floral alternative on days when you don’t want something so heavy or roasty. I like the Qi Lan even more than the Shui Jin Gui and Rou Gui varietals I’ve bought from Yunnan Sourcing, but since it has been a while I should revisit those to see if they’ve aged as beautifully as the Qi Lan has.
Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Floral, Passion Fruits, Stonefruits, Tangy
While I still wish this tea would last a bit longer in terms of how many flavorful steeps you can get, what you DO get is a wonderfully complex flavor. Some days I drink it and taste all of the roasty goodness. Days like today, I get a full palate of juicy, fruity notes. Wonderful tea.
I drank this tea last night. That was a mistake because I couldn’t get to sleep until 4am. Not a mistake in terms in how much I enjoyed it, however.
This tea just reaffirms my continual realization that I LOVE roasted oolongs. The roasty, coffee like flavor is just right up my alley. I wish this would have lasted a bit longer but overall this was a really great tea.
Flavors: Coffee, Roasted
This is my favorite rock oolong to date. There’s a restraint about its character that pairs so well with the complexity. The roast is perfectly light, melding with a floral character that makes this tea sweetly intoxicating. Nectar-like aromas swirl in as well. The flavor is crisp with just a tiny hint of drying character after the fact. Overall this is a very clean, high quality tea that is a pleasure to drink steep after steep.