Wu Yi Shan "Que She 928" Rock Oolong Tea * Spring 2016

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195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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  • “i ordered this one at the same time i ordered my strainer from ys (i seemed to have lost my old strainer in moving, but this one is far finer and wider.) shipping came fast so thank you ys. this...” Read full tasting note
  • “Not bad, but there are better Wuyi teas from YS…. Nose; peaches, roasted grain, alfalfa, light cardamon, light floral, toasty. Palate; a bit watery ( I tried a few different temps. and times, etc....” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is an excellent oolong from Yunnan Sourcing. It is very smooth, with a medium roast. No off roast flavors, it is quite velvety. Later steeps have that defining orchid flavor, just a touch....” Read full tasting note
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“Que She” aka Sparrow’s Tongue, is natural mutated offspring of a Da Hong Pao varietal growing in Jiu Long Ke for centuries. It was discovered in the 80’s but a Wu Yi local who noticed a couple of the Da Hong Pao bushes in the Jiu Long Ke garden yielded considerably smaller leaves and were also slightly darker in color. He single batch processed the tea and the result was something quite different from the other Da Hong Pao bushes. He took cuttings from these two bushes and naming them “Sparrow’s Tongue” he propagated them in several other Wu Yi gardens as a distinct varietal.

Our “Que She 928” is from F1 (first generation) bushes growing for about 20 years already. The tea is expertly processed with medium level of oxidation. The result is a lovely complex tea with notes of vanilla, carob, and lychee. This is a tea that can be aged with excellent results.

May 2016 harvest

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i ordered this one at the same time i ordered my strainer from ys (i seemed to have lost my old strainer in moving, but this one is far finer and wider.) shipping came fast so thank you ys. this tea is supposed to be a mutated da hong pao, which i find amusing, and it interested me enough to try it.

ive only ever tried one other dhp, from whispering pines (the wild crafted,) so i cant pick apart the differences too easily but i’ll try.

my wildcrafted stuff is nearly finished and all thats left is small leaves with some tea scraps. the que she though, is laden with full leaves which when smelled delivers a strong dark chocolate aroma.. its really nice.
at this point im on my second steep of about 8 sec and honestly i cant really tell what im tasting, maybe cacao.. some sort of sweetness in. lemon! thats part of it. the mouthfeel is weak and i think its because of this acidic quality of the tea.. like it fills your mouth and then circles around the sip and clears out the body from the surface of your mouth.

third steep in and im picking up some nuttiness, like roasted almonds. the acidity has died down. This is no doubt a mutation of dhp.. less oxidized, soup is lighter color if i recall. The leaf in pot smells more like dhp, but tastewise- no, not totally. i like it and i’ll see how many more steeps i can get from it. i also am loving this strainer- nothing gets through it !!!

k one more steep (4th.) when i smell the cup of tea something makes me pick up frosting, like from frosted flakes, also clean spring water and leaves. the tea has gotten bolder and the sip leaves me with sandpaper tongue slightly.

thanks if you read this.. i know my reviews are pretty scattered around and impromptu.

-nycoma

mrmopar

Nothing wrong with being impromptu.

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Not bad, but there are better Wuyi teas from YS….
Nose; peaches, roasted grain, alfalfa, light cardamon, light floral, toasty.
Palate; a bit watery ( I tried a few different temps. and times, etc. and this characteristic was still there ), light peach, wheat toast, cardamon, limestone, delicate — similar to Rou Gui.

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195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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This is an excellent oolong from Yunnan Sourcing. It is very smooth, with a medium roast. No off roast flavors, it is quite velvety. Later steeps have that defining orchid flavor, just a touch. Well balanced astringency. This is one of the best oolongs I’ve had in a while, and it’s not expensive. I found that short steeps with lots of leaf worked well.

JC

I loved this one. Mellow and thick. Even when it cools down it tastes great.

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