drank Lao Jian Shan 2017 by gylxtea
167 tasting notes

Nice, full-bodied, savory young raw. The most defining characteristic of this tea is its savory body with hints of earthy sweetness. It really is something close to a broth made with mushrooms. Accentuating this are some lightly bitter herbal notes and some florals. The aftertaste is fresh – with mint, coriander, and apricot coming through.

It has a reasonably full body, particularly for such a young tea. It also has a nice balance of flavors. It does not have an overpowering flavor going wild like fruit, floral, or bitterness, which I sort of expected in a young raw. Everything was pretty refined and balanced, but there is some strength there that it can build on with age.
Dry leaf – fresh apricot, honey, sweet floral, mint, coriander. In preheated vessel – dried apricot and date, raisin, some nut notes, grape

Smell – grass, wood, coriander, parsley, mushroom broth, lemongrass

Taste – dewy grass, mushroom broth, hints of floral perfume. Aftertaste of mint, coriander, and hints of apricot. Some mouth-drying astringency, very little bitterness.

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Rating info:
100 – I haven’t found the perfect tea yet!

92-95 – So good that I will purchase this tea again, guaranteed. Excellent flavor and value.

88-91 – A tea that I would consider purchasing again at some point. Great flavor and value.

85-87 – Tea that was worth the purchase and that I enjoyed drinking, although I probably won’t be purchasing it again any time soon. Flavor may have slight drawbacks, or the price might be a little expensive.

80-84 – A tea that has some good points, but falls a bit short on its price:quality ratio. Flavor is a bit mediocre.

No rating – I did not like this tea and would not drink it, given other options.


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