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I am so happy to be back on Steepster. Work and class have been crazy lately, and quite frankly, I just haven’t had the time or the energy to do any reviews. Fortunately, I am still working my way through some of my larger tea purchases, so the backlog isn’t huge these days. I finished what I had of this tea a week or so ago. Prior to trying this tea, I did not have much familiarity with Hong Shui oolongs, so I did not really know how to score it. Overall, though, I found it to be a very nice yet challenging tea.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After the rinse, I steeped 6 grams of dry tea leaves in 4 ounces of 203 F water for 10 seconds. This infusion was followed by 17 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, and 20 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves produced aromas of raisin, prune, pear, cinnamon, and roasted almond. After the rinse, I detected new aromas of vanilla, cream, roasted peanut, butter, and roasted pecan as well as a subtle scent of old leather. The first infusion introduced aromas of cedar, smoke, candied ginger, and nutmeg. In the mouth, the tea liquor presented notes of raisin, prune, honey, cinnamon, roasted almond, vanilla, cream, and butter that were chased by hints of cedar, nutmeg, candied ginger, and pear. There was also a little leatheriness in the mouth after the swallow. The subsequent infusions introduced aromas of blackberry, toasted rice, chocolate, roasted barley, pine, straw, black cherry, and blueberry. Stronger candied ginger, pear, and nutmeg notes came out in the mouth alongside roasted pecan notes. Impressions of minerals, straw, toasted rice, roasted barley, black cherry, oats, chocolate, caramel, blackberry, blueberry, red apple, grass, baked bread, and pine also emerged with hints of licorice and smoke in tow. As the tea faded, the liquor began to emphasize notes of minerals, cream, butter, vanilla, honey, roasted almond, and roasted peanut that were balanced by softer notes of raisin, blackberry, cinnamon, pine, baked bread, toasted rice, grass, and black cherry.

This was a very interesting oolong. Its aroma and flavor components were constantly shifting, rendering the experience of drinking it very difficult for me to accurately describe. In terms of aroma and flavor, it struck me as being almost like a cross between a lighter roasted Shui Xian and a traditional Dong Ding oolong. Anyway, there was a lot going on with this tea. If you are looking for something a little more challenging, this would definitely be a tea to consider.

Flavors: Almond, Baked Bread, Blackberry, Blueberry, Butter, Caramel, Cedar, Cherry, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cream, Dried Fruit, Ginger, Grass, Honey, Leather, Licorice, Mineral, Nutmeg, Oats, Peanut, Pear, Pecan, Pine, Raisins, Red Apple, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Smoke, Straw, Toasted Rice, Vanilla

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Lovely to SEE you back!

Mastress Alita

I know those feels, February ate me alive and I just now feel like I’m getting some of my stride back. Nice to see you back!

eastkyteaguy

Thanks. It’s good to be back.

Daylon R Thomas

I had my break too because of work and sickness. I also had to get my personal laptop fixed, so I had to wait to post…never mind I drank at least six new teas. I gotta say that the Moondrops from What-Cha kicks butt.

LuckyMe

Welcome back! Returning to Steepster after a break is always an invigorating experience for me.

Kittenna

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Evol Ving Ness

Lovely to SEE you back!

Mastress Alita

I know those feels, February ate me alive and I just now feel like I’m getting some of my stride back. Nice to see you back!

eastkyteaguy

Thanks. It’s good to be back.

Daylon R Thomas

I had my break too because of work and sickness. I also had to get my personal laptop fixed, so I had to wait to post…never mind I drank at least six new teas. I gotta say that the Moondrops from What-Cha kicks butt.

LuckyMe

Welcome back! Returning to Steepster after a break is always an invigorating experience for me.

Kittenna

Welcome back!

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My grading criteria for tea is as follows:

90-100: Exceptional. I love this stuff. If I can get it, I will drink it pretty much every day.

80-89: Very good. I really like this stuff and wouldn’t mind keeping it around for regular consumption.

70-79: Good. I like this stuff, but may or may not reach for it regularly.

60-69: Solid. I rather like this stuff and think it’s a little bit better-than-average. I’ll drink it with no complaints, but am more likely to reach for something I find more enjoyable than revisit it with regularity.

50-59: Average. I find this stuff to be more or less okay, but it is highly doubtful that I will revisit it in the near future if at all.

40-49: A little below average. I don’t really care for this tea and likely won’t have it again.

39 and lower: Varying degrees of yucky.

Don’t be surprised if my average scores are a bit on the high side because I tend to know what I like and what I dislike and will steer clear of teas I am likely to find unappealing.

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