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drank 2007 Gu Yun by gylxtea
99 tasting notes

~6.5g to 100ml water, preheated and steeped at 205F.

This was a very easy going tea, starting off sweet and just a little bit smokey. The smoke fades into a surprising floral note towards the middle, but comes back a little stronger towards the end although not too much so (I don’t really like smoke in tea, but didn’t find it to be unpleasant in this). There is some lingering sweetness afterward, but it’s a pretty soft sweet throughout. Not a lot of body or mouthfeel and I would say a pretty neutral caffeine buzz, but pleasant overall.

Flavors: Floral, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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90

Wow. So, I decided to try this again today to review before I inevitably throw more of my money at CLT, and it is worlds different from the curdled lemon milk that I remember. I don’t know if I hadn’t rested my sample properly, used poor quality water, or was just plain bad at brewing a year back, but that is not how I would describe the tea today at all.

6.66-ish g to 100ml preheated ruyao gaiwan with 205F water. Starts off intensely bitter, but with interesting savory honey flavors behind the bitterness. Second steep sees the bitter dying down immediately, but maybe that’s just the tea energy socking you in the face so you don’t notice, my arms were feeling funny at this point. Recurring flavor profile becomes savory green bitter citrus fruit cooked over powdered nut charcoal with a strong lingering aftertaste that goes from refreshing green citrus to bitter to nut cigarettes to even sweet, milky candy with a thick mouth feel. Lots of transitions and flavor switches with this tea, the ride alone makes it worth sampling, in my opinion.

Overall, crazy cha qi, an impressive and intricate dance of flavors, textures, and aromas, but definitely bitter backbone to it all. I liked it a lot for its uniqueness and lack of astringency despite the heavy bitterness, but non/new pu drinkers almost certainly may not appreciate the bitter and its many more subtle qualities.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Creamy, Green, Nuts, Pineapple, Pleasantly Sour, Sage

Preparation
6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank Lao Jian Shan 2017 by gylxtea
99 tasting notes

205F, 6g to 100ml.

The aroma off the wet leaf on this is amazing—floral, jammy/fruity, light, grassy, crisp, topped with the unmistakeable heady scent of young sheng. The tea itself was surprisingly palatable and gentle for baby sheng when brewed, kind of like a more complex, lighter green tea. There was even a surprising light sappy sweetness in the first steep that disappeared quickly, but sort of slightly surfaced throughout the session that I’ve never really had in sheng before.

The main flavor on this tea was a savory grassiness that was reminiscent of a green tea, but varied throughout the session in character/lightness/depth. There was a bit of light, pleasant bitterness to counterpoint the flavors, along with a bit of mild astringency and mouth coating. Applying extra heat in the later steeps brought out more of a glossy texture and fuller body, but the flavor itself ramps down quite quickly, with the tea not lasting much longer than ten steeps at a stretch. Still, I quite enjoyed it while it lasted, it would be very friendly to introduce someone to young sheng with I think, although not sure how something like this would age in the long run.

Flavors: Bitter, Broth, Floral, Grass, Sweet, warm grass, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank 2010 Da Xue Shan by gylxtea
99 tasting notes

REPOST AS I PUT THIS UNDER WRONG TEA ORIGINALLY

Sample from gylxtea, 7g to 100ml at 205F, preheated. My sample says 2010 on it for some reason, but I think this is probably the same one?

Overall, I liked how complex it was, with some nice fruity sourness (turns a metallic kind of sour when overbrewed) and nicely contrasting bitter flavors, but I wasn’t a fan of the predominant cigarette smoke flavor that lingers throughout. It had good returning flavor (even sweetness towards the end) and savory tobacco body that coats the throat and tongue throughout its decent lifespan. The smoke flavors do die down somewhat eventually in the later steeps as well, but it never fades to the background.

I felt a little tremulous after, but not much tea drunk, probably just a decent amount of caffeine whoosh. Had a fun tingle on the tongue a minute or two after drinking that was very refreshing and slightly numbing. I think I would have liked this a lot if not for the cigarette taste.

Flavors: Ash, Bitter, Herbs, Peach, Pleasantly Sour, Smoke, Sweet, Tobacco

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank Da xue shan(2011) by gylxtea
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Sample from gylxtea, 7g to 100ml at 205F, preheated. My sample says 2010 on it for some reason, but I think this is probably the same one?

Overall, I liked how complex it was, with some nice fruity sourness (turns a metallic kind of sour when overbrewed) and nicely contrasting bitter flavors, but I wasn’t a fan of the predominant cigarette smoke flavor that lingers throughout. It had good returning flavor (even sweetness towards the end) and savory tobacco body that coats the throat and tongue throughout its decent lifespan. The smoke flavors do die down somewhat eventually in the later steeps as well, but it never fades to the background.

I felt a little tremulous after, but not much tea drunk, probably just a decent amount of caffeine whoosh. Had a fun tingle on the tongue a minute or two after drinking that was very refreshing and slightly numbing. I think I would have liked this a lot if not for the cigarette taste.

Flavors: Ash, Bitter, Herbs, Peach, Pleasantly Sour, Smoke, Sweet, Tobacco

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Elephantasy(gylxtea)

different ones, one is 2010, and another one is 2017

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drank Qilan Trees by White 2 Tea
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5g to 100ml, 205F, preheated with a rinse. Got this in a club box from forever ago, just now cracking into it. Starts off with an intense smell of clover honey with a little bit of something dark and juicy, whoo, smells good. Overall, the taste is also very close to clover honey, but without the sweetness and quite savory which threw my brain for a spin. It does have a bit of something I’d call dank at the start, but it quickly goes away as it opens up into some mild sweetness that matches the honey profile (although never becoming what I’d actually call sweet). As you brew it out, more mineral notes come to the fore, but surprisingly quite a subtle rock flavor for yancha.

I thought it was very enjoyable and solid, with some nice ticklish energy, but a bit short lived at around 7 steeps. Does make me wonder what Clover Patch tastes like if the Qilan tastes so much like clover, though!

Flavors: Cloves, Honey, Mineral, Nectar

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Mystery tea from LP labeled enigmatically only as “2014 Yancha”, thanks for the treat, LP! 100ml ru gaiwan to about ~7g of tea, 205F water. This was really good, already had those deep caramel aged flavors starting to come out of the roast, although the rough roasted edges were only just starting to smooth out. Still a rougher throat feel as a result, but lovely sticking sweetness in the throat, thick body, and the flavor still has the good rock yancha taste with just a hint of fruitiness that ramps up as it opens up. Really enjoyed this, I could definitely see myself getting more—if only I knew where it was from! Alas!

Flavors: Caramel, Fruity, Roasted, Wet Rocks

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Liquid Proust

This is a tea I’m aging myself. I sell it for a decent price. Won’t be until 2019 that I open up my aged oolong store.

nishnek

Oh man! Looking forward to it, then, :D

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90

Eyeballed this one, maybe about 5-6g to a 100ml, boiling water and a rinse to preheat.

I’ve tried only one hong shui style oolong other than this one, and so far I have to say I am an avid fan of this style of tea! This particular tea was intensely sweet at the start, but underlaid with a rich, complex soup that reminded me of tomato broth. The first sip fills the chest with a steamy aroma when I inhale after drinking and continued drinking coats the throat strongly, leaving a long lingering feeling and warmth in addition to sweetness,. The color is a beautiful, rose gold tinged copper.

The other hong shui I tried was less sweet and more intensely thick and tomato-ey, but this is also quite good and I find myself drawn to the depth of this tea, which resteeps remarkably well as I got at least eleven steeps out of one session, although the first three steeps are my favorite.

Flavors: Broth, Fruity, Mineral, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Matu

I’ll have to get me some Hong Shui to try.

nishnek

I’d highly recommend it! :)

S.G. Sanders

I’m going to look this one up! I like a tea with layers. :)

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drank Milan Dancong by White 2 Tea
99 tasting notes

Finally trying this sample from club box, whew, really behind on those, ^^;.

Half the sample bag into a 68 ml gaiwan, 185F-ish water, long rinse. Sugary sweet finish that lingers on top of a pleasant roasty backdrop. This tea really hits its stride in the late game, around steep 6 or 7, punching a surprisingly sweet honey wallop. It starts off slow, grows into that steep, and then fades slowly back out, but is incredibly forgiving throughout. I oversteeped this tea considerably for one round, and it was merely a bit bitter on the roast, rather than a bitter knot of regret as I was expecting.

Overall, very pleasant, smooth, and sweet with pretty good endurance, but kind of boring to my taste.

Flavors: Honey, Mineral, Roasted, Sugarcane, Sweet

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According to the bag, LA stored before I picked it up in Seattle from a friendly tea head. 8g to 100ml at 205F in a ruyao gaiwan, the rinse immediately wafted up a cloud of intense plum aromas, although sniffing the rinse was similar to sniffing stagnant, murky pool water, for some confusingly disappointing and unpleasant reason.

Thankfully, the tea didn’t taste anything like murky pool water, instead continuing that deep plum juiciness with a lightly astringent vibrancy and tension that built throughout early to middle steeps. A sweet (but not quite as sticky or rough textured as I’m used to) throat coating built up quickly, leaving a lingering presence long after swallowing.

The energy was very strong, although not in the caffeine kind of energizing way, more of a heavy, calm presence rooted in my skull. I had to take a break early on in this tea to get food, as it was getting overwhelming by steep 6, and I think I’d been nursing a bad cold, as the next day and the day after were spent in bed. When I came back to this tea much later, in fact, I didn’t get much more out of it as I think I’d left it too long in the warm weather, :(. Overall, of what I’d tried of it though, it was very juicy and deep, with an interesting sweetness and a kind of tight balance of flavors that I could have seen developing interestingly with more steeps.

Flavors: Plums, Straw, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Favorite Tea Type: Darker oolong & sheng pu erh

Rating Scale:

95-100: Amazing. Will buy and keep on hand all the time if finances and circumstances allow.

90-94: Strong argument for keeping it around all the time, even more than the prospect of trying more new tea. It’s that good.

80-89: Pretty solid. Glad I tried it, but maybe not something I would be happy to have any and every day.

70-79: Nothing to see here, just your run of the mill tea, move along folks.

60-69: Better than no tea, I guess.

Under 60: Stop. Stop drinking this and find something actually enjoyable.

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