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Moving through the teas I picked up yesterday.

3g, 60mL, 195F, flash rinse followed by 8 steeps at 10/15/20/25/30/40/50/60s.

The dry leaf smelled kind of light with notes of spinach, white floral, cream and sugarcane. The liquor started quite fragrant and was light- to medium-bodied with toasted rice, a brightness like citrus and some astringency. The second steep (lol I said belied – removed) suggested the flavors of the rest of the session with buttery toasted rice and corn, tartness, a slight metallic tone and a pretty strong aftertaste of buttery cooked peaches/apricots and generic sourness that lasts. Bottom of the cup scent of sugarcane. The astringency and tartness continued to grow to unenjoyable levels, so I cut it off after a 1-minute brew.

This was my first Mao Xie and could be my last but I’ll have no problem finishing the rest of the bag since it’s a small amount. I guess I’m just not too much a fan of rolled Chinese oolong, but somebody who appreciates their profile more than I do might also enjoy this one.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 g 2 OZ / 60 ML
Bluegreen

A shout out from a fellow tea drinker who is also not the biggest fan of balled oolongs. I would still suggest trying a couple more of Hairy Crab oolongs. Some that I tried are pretty good and did not have that astringency that put you off but instead had a lot of grass and flowers with a good dose of sweetness. Mao Xies tend to be pretty inexpensive and mass-produced so encountering a disappointing one is not uncommon but the good ones are quite pleasant in their own cheerful way.

derk

I’ll try Mao Xie again if I come across a high-grade production. Unlikely?

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Bluegreen

A shout out from a fellow tea drinker who is also not the biggest fan of balled oolongs. I would still suggest trying a couple more of Hairy Crab oolongs. Some that I tried are pretty good and did not have that astringency that put you off but instead had a lot of grass and flowers with a good dose of sweetness. Mao Xies tend to be pretty inexpensive and mass-produced so encountering a disappointing one is not uncommon but the good ones are quite pleasant in their own cheerful way.

derk

I’ll try Mao Xie again if I come across a high-grade production. Unlikely?

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Wuyi and Taiwanese oolong, GABA oolong, sheng and shou puerh, Yunnan and Wuyi blacks, Laoshan green. I also appreciate Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Darjeeling and Nepali teas, bagged tea and herbal teas/tisanes.

I take my teas without milks or sweeteners except sometimes chai and the rare London Fog or matcha latte. I generally steep a tea until it has no more to give.

I’ll try anything once because it helps me learn. Not opposed to well placed herbs, flowers, fruity bits and flavorings. Just nothing cloying especially banana, caramel, coconut, cinnamon or maple. And no added sugars, sweeteners, candy or chocolate.

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100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.
89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again. Some could be daily drinker teas.
79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.
69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.
59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.
Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s puerh, I likely think it needs more age.

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