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2015 Autumn Guafengzhai Maocha – Essence of Tea

84/100

Price: £0.32 ($0.46) / g .

16g free sample received with my order.

6g in Gaiwan

Summary: Aesthetically, the best looking set of leaves I have come across so far. Flavour-wise, it initially provides a fresh, lively juicy mixture of flavours. I feel it does lack thickness.
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Dry: Bright, concentrated herbal, darker base – White2Tea New Amerykah 2 comes to mind. Loose leaves, grey and brown, long and spindly.

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Wet: Bright and lively, sweet, but with a pungent note.
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10s – Light yellow. Fresh, lively, juicy, but has a deep base to it. Sweetness lingers. This has some complexity.

15s – Light yellow. Med bitterness, light herbal. Quite nice. The sweetness lingers, but not heavily, which is a positive for me.

20s – Light yellow. Not so full in the mouth. Very clear liquor. Only very light smoke. No astringency.

25s – It is resisting the high mountain Oolong sweetness, but it’s coming.

30s – Honey sweetness. Still resisting high mountain Oolong sweetness.

10s – There is some juicy currents.

15s – Good body, becoming very sweet.

Preparation
6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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02/01/2018
I drink mainly rooibos and peppermint tea these days as I leave my pu-erh tea to age.

I decided to join Steepster because I have found other people’s opinions on teas very useful in deciding what to buy, and I thought I would contribute.

Online orders so far:
Dragon Tea House – Free shipping and a huge selection of tea.
White2Tea – Excellent communication with the seller and good selection of teas. Teas came in metallic zip lock bags.
Yunnan Sourcing – Huge selection; recent change to delivery price made this a good option.
SampleTea – Selection of aged teas. Teas delivered were very well packaged and presented.
Pu-erh.sk Small selected. Excellent communication with seller. Packing was solid – the teas were more than safe.
Street Shop 88 (eBay) Low prices with free delivery. Sample size was precisely what I ordered.
O-Cha Seller of Japanese teas. The daily Sencha and Shincha were awesome.
Essence Of Tea – The order arrived after over 5 weeks, but I am really impressed with the teas so far.
Chawangshop – Order came very well packaged.

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