Light Roast Shui Xian (2018)

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Butter, Floral, Maple Syrup, Mineral, Orchids, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Walnut, Wet Rocks
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Loose Leaf
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  • “Backlog from early December. Barely took notes. It must’ve been a bad day. I don’t remember anything about this tea, unfortunately :/ Dry leaf had notes of caramel, marshmallow, vanilla, roasted...” Read full tasting note
  • “Gong Fu Sipdown (607)! Trying another one of the yancha samples from my Old Ways Tea sampler; this time the Light Roast Shui Xian. To be honest, I knew I would enjoy this tea – but I also knew...” Read full tasting note

From Old Ways Tea

This shui xian has received a light roast. The leaves are a lighter color with shades of green and red that would be obscured in a traditional high roast. The tea brews to a slightly golden yellow. A gentle orchid fragrance is brought out by the lighter roast. The base material is from older shui xian trees at a higher altitude. The older trees are expressed with a gentle wood fragrance. Produced without chemical aids, the weeds grow tall between the trees in this garden.

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Backlog from early December. Barely took notes. It must’ve been a bad day. I don’t remember anything about this tea, unfortunately :/

Dry leaf had notes of caramel, marshmallow, vanilla, roasted nuts, milk chocolate, florals and peanut.

First infusion was sweet and roasty with florals and graham. No notes in between there and the seventh infusion where all I had to say was peach-osmanthus and butter finally coming out in aftertaste.

And there you have it folks.

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9603 tasting notes

Gong Fu Sipdown (607)!

Trying another one of the yancha samples from my Old Ways Tea sampler; this time the Light Roast Shui Xian. To be honest, I knew I would enjoy this tea – but I also knew right away that I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as some of the others in this sampler. I really enjoy heavily roasted teas – so in general light roast oolongs can be a bit frustrating for me since it’s like being teased by the flavour profile I crave so deeply in an oolong.

This was a nice tea though – I steeped it in my yancha dedicated yixing pot and it brewed up very smooth and consistently. I did find that it was not an oolong I could brew for an extended period of time though; after only the sixth infusion the flavour of my infusions was getting pretty rough and tapped out. However, that short session turned out to fit perfectly into my evening schedule and I didn’t have to feel like I was cutting it too early/short and losing out on good tea since the flavour had dwindled so badly already.

This is probably my least favourite thing I’ve had from Old Ways Tea so far, but it was still quite nice overall and I’d definitely drink it again – though this isn’t a yancha that I’m considering repurchasing, unlike their Rougui (as an example).

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw8E7TJnezU/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USY602Ft98M

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Maple Syrup, Mineral, Orchids, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Walnut, Wet Rocks

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