Sipdown! I should have kept more for leafhopper, but I could feel the time ticking on this one, so I drank it down using a really short style for 3 grams. I rinsed it for 5-10 using 2-3 oz, and kept on flash steeping 10, 15, 20, 15, 25, 30, 45, 55 (closer to a minute), 1 minute, 2 minutes, and then, I added more hot water to about 4.5 oz, , and let it sit for lord knows how long and am drinking it now. I’m not exactly sure of the temperature since I’m using primo heated water, but it’s definitely between 185-195.

All the notes I wrote earlier are still pertinent like they describe. Overall body consists of herbed compound butter leaning into cilantro and oregano, but aroma and flavor leans heavily into the jasmine florals with nectarine finish. I get more fruit in the 2 and 3rd steep, and more green apple in the very last brew. Jasmine is fairly present, though not as strong as a scented tea, it’s comparable.

I am not super strong on the rating, but it’s leaning towards a strong 92, maybe 93. $21 for 50 grams pushes it past the 90s for me, and the complexity of the flavor pushes it to be 87-90’s range minimum. The tumbler rating is holding it back a little bit. It’s also good western, but lasts significantly longer in shorter steeping gong fu. The shortened session with less water brought a lot more nuance in shorter bursts, and made the tea last a lot longer.

I highly recommend this one for tea nerds, and the fact you get a decent quality dayuling for bug bitten sweetness is pretty good. I’d also choose this one easily over the Exuding Jade I have, and it’s pretty close to the High Mountain Goddess in preference, close to their Lishan in terms of flavor.

Flavors: Apple, Butter, Floral, Herbs, Honey, Jasmine, Nectarine, Sweet

190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

This sounds like a good tea, and $21 for a Dayuling is a great value. I hope I’ll get my hands on this tea eventually!

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This sounds like a good tea, and $21 for a Dayuling is a great value. I hope I’ll get my hands on this tea eventually!

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Good Luxurious Work Teas
Wang Family’s Jasmine Shanlinxi
Spring, Winter Taiwan High Mountain Oolongs

Dislikes: Heavy Tannin, Astringency, Bitterness, or Fake Flavor, Overly herby herbal or aged teas

Picky with: Higher Oxidation Oolongs, Red Oolongs (Some I love, others give me headaches or are almost too sweet), Mint Teas

Currently, my stash is overflowing. Among my favorites are What-Cha’s Lishan Black, Amber Gaba Oolong, Lishan Oolong, Qilan Oolong, White Rhino, Kenya Silver Needle, Tong Mu Lapsang Black (Unsmoked); Whispering Pines Alice, Taiwanese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling, Jasmine Shan Lin Xi; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong; Paru’s Milk Oolong


I am an MSU graduate, and current alternative ed. high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), practice calisthenics on rings, lift weights, workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii. Eastern Asian influence was prominent with my friends and where I grew up, so I’ve been exposed to some tea culture at a young age. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.


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