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Though I have yet to review the more highbrow samples from my last (and first) YS order, this tea reaffirms that I might have a preference for the more mundane shengs, which is good news for my wallet.

There’s a well-balanced sheng bitter, some shou-like (fermented) flavour (but definitely dry storage) and strong tobacco notes. Like the 2006 Xiaguan Te Ji, instead of just petering out, it bends towards the sour and smokey. I wish I knew how to improve on that (other than by steeping fewer times). I also wonder whether this one, like the Te Ji, will quickly lose its green bitters over the next few months. I think both are more interesting with than without, so I don’t need it aged much longer than this as well.

Flavors: Tobacco

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

Sour seems to be a stage that some shengs go through. Nanjian/Feng Huang/Tu Lin productions stay bitter as they age.

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