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Sipdown.

Finally polished off the last of my Floating Leaves winter oolong samples. Hard to believe it took nearly 6 months to get through them all. I used to really tear through my green oolongs but I’ve started to pace myself with tea now. Too much tea drinking affected my enjoyment of it and felt like a chore sometimes. Limiting my intake to 1-2 teas a day has helped me learn to take my time and savor tea. Another side benefit of less tea drinking is it’s gotten my tea spending under control.

I’m a little torn about how to rate this tea. I’ve had a couple of enjoyable sessions and a handful that were lackluster. When in prime form, this is easily a 90+ tea. Delightfully floral with honeysuckle and orange blossoms balanced against warm grass in the background and a nectary sweetness. Occasional hints of melon and creamed corn. However it peaks early and there’s a noticeable drop in flavor by the 5th steep. My later sessions with this tea were just okay. I don’t know whether it went stale or I didn’t steep it correctly, but taste was flat and kind of boring.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Nectar, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 135 ML
Daylon R Thomas

I don’t know about you, but the 2016 and 2017 Shan Lin Xi’s were personally boring. It’s not that my 2017 teas were bad because What-Cha’s Li Shan and Golden Tea Leaf’s Dong Ding was frickin’ amazing, but the other Shan Lin XI’s that I’ve had from the likes of Teaful and What-Cha were one noted. It was like Green goodness, general florals, honeydew, pineapple, and OP! That’s it.

LuckyMe

Glad it wasn’t just me :-) I feel like the 2017 crop of green oolongs was lacking in general. There were a few nice ones here and there but a lot of them were just meh. Even my trusty TTC Shibi oolong failed to excite.

I haven’t rushed out to buy any 2018 harvests yet – the past couple of harvests haven’t exactly inspired confidence. And there’s the been there, done that factor. I’ve tried pretty much everything from the usual suspects (TTC, Eco-Cha, What-Cha, BTTC, etc) and want something new this time. Taiwan Sourcing is doing some interesting stuff this year with “run dry” and “light roast” processed green oolongs. I may just have to finally place an order with them

eastkyteaguy

I have tried very few of the 2017 Taiwanese oolongs because I have been finishing some of the 2016 teas I had left over, but so far, I have found the few rolled oolongs I have tried to be hit or miss. I had a Lishan that I really enjoyed and a Dayuling that was just decent and nothing more. The two baozhongs I tried, however, were excellent.

Daylon R Thomas

I’m doing Tillerman. Supposedly, the harvest this year is one of the best in the past few decades.

LuckyMe

Had to google Tillerman, never heard of this shop. Glad to have found another Taiwanese oolong store. Thanks for the recommendation.

Daylon R Thomas

I’m trying them out to see how it goes. Oolong Owl, Tea for Me Please, and Amanda have reviewed them pretty often and had good things to say about them. My personal recommendation so far is Golden Tea Leaf for their Ali Shan, Dong Ding, Gui Fei, and the unusual Iris Orchid Dan Cong that they have.

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Daylon R Thomas

I don’t know about you, but the 2016 and 2017 Shan Lin Xi’s were personally boring. It’s not that my 2017 teas were bad because What-Cha’s Li Shan and Golden Tea Leaf’s Dong Ding was frickin’ amazing, but the other Shan Lin XI’s that I’ve had from the likes of Teaful and What-Cha were one noted. It was like Green goodness, general florals, honeydew, pineapple, and OP! That’s it.

LuckyMe

Glad it wasn’t just me :-) I feel like the 2017 crop of green oolongs was lacking in general. There were a few nice ones here and there but a lot of them were just meh. Even my trusty TTC Shibi oolong failed to excite.

I haven’t rushed out to buy any 2018 harvests yet – the past couple of harvests haven’t exactly inspired confidence. And there’s the been there, done that factor. I’ve tried pretty much everything from the usual suspects (TTC, Eco-Cha, What-Cha, BTTC, etc) and want something new this time. Taiwan Sourcing is doing some interesting stuff this year with “run dry” and “light roast” processed green oolongs. I may just have to finally place an order with them

eastkyteaguy

I have tried very few of the 2017 Taiwanese oolongs because I have been finishing some of the 2016 teas I had left over, but so far, I have found the few rolled oolongs I have tried to be hit or miss. I had a Lishan that I really enjoyed and a Dayuling that was just decent and nothing more. The two baozhongs I tried, however, were excellent.

Daylon R Thomas

I’m doing Tillerman. Supposedly, the harvest this year is one of the best in the past few decades.

LuckyMe

Had to google Tillerman, never heard of this shop. Glad to have found another Taiwanese oolong store. Thanks for the recommendation.

Daylon R Thomas

I’m trying them out to see how it goes. Oolong Owl, Tea for Me Please, and Amanda have reviewed them pretty often and had good things to say about them. My personal recommendation so far is Golden Tea Leaf for their Ali Shan, Dong Ding, Gui Fei, and the unusual Iris Orchid Dan Cong that they have.

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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 years ago, and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and a few flavored teas. My tea epiphany came a few years ago when I discovered jade oolongs. That was the gateway drug to the world of fine tea and teaware.

With the exception of a handful of lightly scented teas, I drink mostly straight tea. 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 are beginning to grow on me. I’ve dipped my toe into a few puerhs now but it’s still relatively new territory for me. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

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