I’ve been undecided about this one for a while. For one, it’s amazing that Golden Tea Leaf is offering an organic Shan Lin Xi for 11.99 USD at 100 grams. For two, this is a fairly good tea-even Amanda raved about it.
Now for the notes. Wickedly floral is the best descriptor for this one. Most of the notes I get would be what I would expect from a Four Seasons or a Baozhong, as this tea is dominated by a hyacinth note. Overall though, it is incredibly light and has been personally tricky.
I’ve tried western, and it was floral, subtle, and a bit too green and almost plastic-y. Gong fu has brought out more dimension in the florals, but the flavor remains heady with hyacinth and some subtle hints here and there of vanilla, cucumber, green apple, pine, and so on. The tea is green and it is grassy, but it’s more floral than anything else. Flower water is the best description, really, because it is sophisticated, but it’s extremely light and clean.
I’m open to suggestions on this one as to how to brew it. I don’t think it’s as good as the company’s Ali Shan or Dung Ting, but I do think this tea merits conversation.
Flavors: Apple, Cucumber, Floral, Green