Correction – I had written a tasting note for the Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Oolong … and put it under this listing: the Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Concubine Oolong. Oops! Since I don’t see a place where I can delete this tasting note, I’ll just submit this correction and write my thoughts on the Concubine now that I’ve tried it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/08/shan-lin-xi-high-mountain-concubine-oolong-tea-eco-cha/
And even though the teas sound as though they are probably pretty similar in “name” they do taste different. This tea smells more vegetal, and the flavor is delicate, sweet, and tastes of vanilla, orchid and offers hints of vegetative taste. I taste notes of pine and delicious nutty flavors.
The concubine seems less astringent than the “non-concubine.”
Both are good, both are worthy a try, and I think that Oolong enthusiasts would love either of them.