Qilan 2018

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Tea – Yancha Wulong
Harvest – Spring 2018
Origin – Xingcun, Wuyishan (Banyan)

—- at the moment pictures are of qilan 2017, it needs to be updated although is pretty similar—

Qi Lan is a cultivar with many fans. The unique fragrance of this tea makes it hard to forget among other yancha.

It is a good choice for those looking for a fragrant tea or a yancha with a unique character. After being roasted the characteristic character and aromatics of qilan emerge from the roasted notes of this tea.

This qilan has been roasted two times. Compared to the “fragrance” version we offered in 2017 this doesn’t have such strong fragrance trading it for a more smooth mouth feeling and stronger roast flavor. However the unique frgrance of this cultivar is still present in the aftertaste and balanced with warmer charcoal notes. This tea could be an interesting drinking experience for those who are new to yancha due to its unique fragrance which makes it easier to recognize or for those who already know they like qilan or are looking for a unique fragrance in their tea.

If you enjoyed last year qilan fragrance and are looking for an unroasted or style tea with powerful fragrance we recommend to try our Jinmudan 2018.

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Gongfu Sipdown (790)!

Made this one in my massive (250 ml) yancha dedicated yixing pot earlier in the weekend. That’s a lower g/ml ratio that I typically go with so I was steeping for longer intervals for each infusion that normal to compensate. It worked well, but the leaf had less longevity than I’ve observed from the other yancha I’ve tried from Lazy Cat.

Like, four steeps total!? Five, if you count the rinse – which I did end up drinking because I actually like the flavour so much. It was actually a good balance; with this pot being so big and the fact I was drinking all by my lonesome I was filling up on tea very quickly.

The tea wa delicious, smooth, and lingering – a mix of mineral and grilled peanut notes which is pretty typical for me with Qilan, and a combination of flavours I thoroughly enjoy. However, though the first two steeps had the most incredible buttery/creamy toasted coconut note!! That’s not a flavour I usually get from this style of tea and it was completely unexpected for me but fuck me if it wasn’t delicious! I think I literally dreamed of it later that night. I’ll be chasing toasted coconut notes in Qilan in the next few ones I try now, for sure…

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/B653pMzAIrM/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQlTor79Lj4

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