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This was one of those teas that smelled amazing but the taste didn’t match the aroma. The plump dark green nuggets have the fragrance of creamy vanilla orchids. Following a rinse, there’s a sweet aroma of custard, coconut, and wildflowers. Sadly, none of the aromas come through in the flavor of the brewed tea.

The first steep is thin and vegetal. Sweet buttered peas with floral undertones. The florals become a bit brighter in the 2nd and 3rd steeps but the flavor is still mostly vegetal and there’s just very little to it. No mouthfeel to speak of and it tasted weak, making me think that I underbrewed. Overleafing and increasing steep time and temperature did little to improve the flavor.

I would describe the flavor of this tea as closer to a green tea or four seasons spring. Not a bad tasting tea, but very light and not as good as other AliShans I’ve had.

Flavors: Cream, Custard, Floral, Peas, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Daylon R Thomas

I’ve wanted more notes of this on steepster, and I’m glad you wrote it because it basically confirmed what I could guess about that tea. Have you or anyone you know tried Eco-Cha’s Li Shan yet?

LuckyMe

I haven’t but this year’s crop seems to be weak all around. I tried Eco-Cha’s Jin Xuan this morning – a tea I really liked last year – and it was the same story. Mouthwatering aroma but tasted very watered down. I’m afraid the Shan Lin Xi will be no different. Luckily I only got 20g samples.

Once I drink down my Eco-Cha teas, I’m going to order some green oolongs from What-Cha as their Taiwanese oolongs seem consistently good from season to season.

Daylon R Thomas

I was about to order some Li Shan from What-Cha (57 bucks for 8 oz is not bad compared to others) but I am still waiting on some Li Shan from Berylleb. I hope it arrives soon.

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Daylon R Thomas

I’ve wanted more notes of this on steepster, and I’m glad you wrote it because it basically confirmed what I could guess about that tea. Have you or anyone you know tried Eco-Cha’s Li Shan yet?

LuckyMe

I haven’t but this year’s crop seems to be weak all around. I tried Eco-Cha’s Jin Xuan this morning – a tea I really liked last year – and it was the same story. Mouthwatering aroma but tasted very watered down. I’m afraid the Shan Lin Xi will be no different. Luckily I only got 20g samples.

Once I drink down my Eco-Cha teas, I’m going to order some green oolongs from What-Cha as their Taiwanese oolongs seem consistently good from season to season.

Daylon R Thomas

I was about to order some Li Shan from What-Cha (57 bucks for 8 oz is not bad compared to others) but I am still waiting on some Li Shan from Berylleb. I hope it arrives soon.

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My Rating Criteria:

95 to 100: Top shelf stuff. Loved this tea and highly recommend it

90 to 94: Excellent. Enjoyed this tea and would likely repurchase

80 to 89: Good but not great. I liked it though it may be lacking in some aspects. I’ll finish it but probably won’t buy again

70 to 79: Average at best. Not terrible but wouldn’t willingly drink again

60 to 69: Sub-par. Low quality tea, barely palatable

59 and below: Bleh

Fell into tea many years ago and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and flavored Teavana teas. My tea epiphany happened when I discovered jade oolongs. That was my gateway drug to the world of high quality tea and teaware.

For the most part, I drink straight tea but do appreciate a good flavored tea on occasion. I love fresh green and floral flavors and as such, green tea and Taiwanese oolongs will always have a place in my cupboard. After avoiding black tea forever, Chinese blacks have started to grow on me. I’m less enthusiastic about puerh though. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

Other non-tea interests include: cooking, reading, nature, philosophy, MMA, traveling when I can, and of course putzing around on the interwebs.

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