drank Lao Jian Shan 2017 by gylxtea
106 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

205 °F / 96 °C 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Favorite Tea Type: Darker oolong and sheng puerh

Rating Scale:

90-100: Amazing. Will buy and keep on hand all the time if finances and circumstances allow.

80-89: Strong argument for keeping it around all the time, even more than the prospect of trying more new tea. It’s that good.

70-79: Pretty solid. Glad I tried it, several factors that were unique or that I highly enjoyed.

60-69: Nothing that stands out for the most part, but with a quality or two that speaks to me.

50-59: Fairly run of the mill, pleasant but not much more to be said.

40-49: Something here is off putting in an otherwise decent tea.

30-39: There are a few things wrong with this tea. I did not enjoy.

20-29: Disliked this, could maybe see something, some redeeming quality in it others might find worth drinking without spitting back out.

10-19: Begin to question whether any tea is actually, in fact, better than no tea.

0-9: This causes actual food poisoning.



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