15 Tasting Notes
Thank you Upton! You’ve taken my favorite white tea, once offered only by Rishi Tea for a very pretty penny ($10 for 50 grams) and made it an affordable daily luxury. Yes, the wonderful linden-like aroma is still there with the dominant tone of honeydew melon. Steep this white longer and it begins to resemble a top-notch early spring darjeeling. Have fun.
Go ahead, pay an arm and a leg for an incredible dancong oolong. But tell me, does it beat this rival that costs only 6.50 per ounce (yes, in the land of dancongs that is a bargain)? I’ve paid more and found smokiness and often intense briskness (unusual in an oolong), but never the lovely hints of grain, stone fruit, and honey at the strength that is present here. Sold.
Hands down, best long jing on the planet. No smokiness or bitter chestnut, just mellow toastiness with a light chestnut aroma that reveals a floral, perhaps orchid, aftertaste . And the price is great to boot! Viva la Teavivre.
*tip: buy copious quantities in the spring.
Another great batch of Li Shan at a ridiculously low price. They also threw in a sample of Da Yu Ling, which might steal my heart from Li Shan. Tea is my favorite perfume and Da Yu Ling is exquisite. 6/28/13
This is a hidden treasure. $8 per ounce for Li shan oolong and no shipping fee? I was ready for disappointment. Instead, a beautifully fresh and fragrant Li shan with 4-5 nice steeps. Granted, I prefer winter Li shan, but this spring offering is delightful. Lighter, with the floral component coming in the later and longer steeps. Thank you, iTeapot.
I fell in love with this oolong in Paris and have been pursuing it ever since. Very light floral notes yield to a body that fills the mouth with a very creamy bloom. This is the first Li Shan I have tasted that had notes of jasmine on the 2nd-4th steeps. What a treat! Now comes the wonderful news, this tea is usually found at $12-15/oz. Life in Teacup brings it to you for half the price. Plus, the second and third steep only improve.