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195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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I’ve tried many different Wuyi oolongs, Da Hong Pao for the most part, but never had Qi Lan.

Thanks to my generous friend boychik, I got to experience it for the first time today.

I was expecting a very similar taste profile…and yes thats what I got to some degree.

Nice mineral mouthfeel, roasty and nutty…I’m a fan!

But…the big difference lies in the extreme sweetness I get from this tea, feels like a sweet nectar!!

A lot sweeter than any rock oolong I have ever had.

People…it’s yummy.

But this type of tea must be prepared gongfu in order to fully appreciate all its characteristics and nuances. (Only in my humble opinion of course)
It’s easier to control this way…rock oolongs tend to turn bitter very easily. But when done properly, they are amazing and so rewarding!

This tea is nothing short of greatness.

I am impressed so far by Joseph Wesley…Integrity always wins at getting my business ;-)

Thank you boychik for introducing me to them, I see an order in my near future!

As usual, pics of the session:

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looseTman

Welcome back! You’ve been missed. Qi Lan’s “sweet nectar!!” – Yum!

Blodeuyn

Definitely good to see you here again! :D

TheTeaFairy

Thank you so much looseTman and Blodeuyn, that warms my heart, missed you also!

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

I just returned from a little R&R and noticed your nice review. I’m happy to read that you enjoyed the Qi Lan. Happy new year. Cheers, Joe

TheTeaFairy

Happy new year to you as well Joe, and it was with great pleasure that I reviewed this wonderful tea!

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The story how i got the sample of this tea you can read in my previous note:

http://steepster.com/teas/joseph-wesley-black-tea/53004-da-hong-pao

Qi Lan (奇兰, English: “rare orchid”)
i didnt know what to expect since its my first Qi Lan. i was sceptical and pretty sure i wouldnt like it as much as DHP. I was wrong.
Leaves are gorgeous, long and twisty. very complex, juicy,sweet and roasted. its medium roast, doesnt overpower other notes, complements nicely. it is so aromatic.
Around 2-3 steep cannabis arrives. I’d say that hui gan is much stronger than in DHP. Sweet and minty, long lingering aftertaste, long after i stop my session. i had 6 strong steeps, but still keep the leaves. few steeps here and there yesterday and before yesterday. i suggest not to oversteep, it gets bitter easily. even when its bitter the aroma and sweetness is incredible.

my parameters:
6g 100ml gaiwan 195F
3sec rinse/pause/10/7/5/5/7/7/10sec etc

Thank you Joseph Wesley for the opportunity to try these incredible teas. im looking forward to when you decide to put them for sale!

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Lee

Oooh I love that teaware

boychik

Thank you Lee. I got it fr Verdant last year. I don’t use it much, afraid to break it.

AnnaEA

I’ve had the reserve Qilan from Verdant, and a different one brewed for me at a tea club meeting. IT does bitter very easily, but so amazing if I can avoid it! Like peaches made of marble.

boychik

You know what, I even drank the bitter one. didnt want to waste any drop ;)

Doug F

The photos are an extra treat! Thanks.

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

;) – thanks boychik!

boychik

@ Doug F, thank you. its so addictive. like tea.

@ Joseph Wesley, it was a special treat ;-)

Fjellrev

Such pretty tea and teaware.

boychik

Thanks Fjellrev, the tea is awesome.

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