1989 Shan Lin Xi

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Berries, Blueberry, Burnt Sugar, Char, Grapes, Oak, Overripe Cherries, Plum, Raisins, Raspberry, Sweet, Tobacco
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This was such a treat! This tea is the closest I’ve found to resemble the “legendary” 30 year aged Dong Ding that hooked me on aged oolongs. I knew that it was going to be perfect as soon as I opened the bag. I looked at these small brown curls and inhaled. I instantly spotted the quality aged oolong scent being raisin, plum, and sweet fruit. This heavy aroma is a syrup tang that lingers and fills the air. I got my trusty celadon gaiwan and warmed it up. I placed a fairly good amount inside and shook it up. I lifted the lid and let the heavy aroma fill my tea room. I was picking up tobacco, raisin, wet wood, and pungent over ripe cherries. This tea is highly aromatic and smells so very delicious. I sat for quite some time just sniffing the gaiwan. I washed the leaves once and prepared for brewing. The steeped leaves slowly unfurled and gave off an array of conflicting scents being: char, grape jelly, raspberry,and burnt sugar. The leaves kept jumping from sour to sweet. The taste was perfect. I was in love at first sip. The brew fills the mouth with a sweet juicy taste. The brew leaves the mouth with an intense ripe fruit aftertaste the stays at the back of the throat. I experienced an incredible amount of mouth action. The brew was filled with heavy concord grape flavors and a medley of berries. The sweetness that surrounded these flavors was stevia thick. The body of the brew was heavy and full with so many rounded flavors. The brew would fill your senses with an oily mouth,fruitful flavors, and a soft wooded base. I experienced no astringency and no bitterness. The tones flowed like silk through my senses. The qi began much later into the session. The sensation began at forehead and slowly warmed throughout the body. My mind began turning and slowly building up with an incredible lifted spirits feeling. This brew gives the iconic aged oolong tea drunk. I was slurring yet full of energy. I didn’t want this session to end, and I was able to pull a fairly good amount of steeping. I enjoyed this session a lot, and I am very happy to have tried it. I am saving some to drink with my friend that shared the 30 year aged Dong DIng with me. I highly recommend this brew as a fantastic aged oolong experience. This is what it should taste like, and this is some quality stuff.



Flavors: Berries, Blueberry, Burnt Sugar, Char, Grapes, Oak, Overripe Cherries, Plum, Raisins, Raspberry, Sweet, Tobacco

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

Ah, nice review. Was totally there with you :)

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Can someone post on the thread I’m linking for any help? https://steepster.com/discuss/15051-searching-for-a-1989-raw-puerh-for-my-30th-birthday
I still cannot comment. Theres 59 days until my 30th birthday. Would appreciate any help! Contacting me through IG is the best option it seems. Cannot even view my messages here. Used my phone and PC at this point

Liquid Proust

I have a short time frame to order but I will be hosting a 1989 tea party August 10th :)

Roswell Strange

Hey LP, what exactly do you want posted? If you give me a little blurb/paragraph I can post it for you! :)

Liquid Proust

Just a bump because I’ve got 59 days until I turn 30 and the party I’m hosting the day after! Means I’ve got to get these teas here soon so I’m prepared :). Thanks a lot, hopefully one day I can start to comment and open threads…

Roswell Strange

Posted for you :)


I can’t help you with a 1989 but I hope your birthday is a great one!


Sorry, I can’t help you with your search either. The one from Tea Masters looks like it’s still in stock, although you can’t order more than a gram. :( Maybe talk to the owner?

Also, early best wishes for your thirtieth birthday!


Making me feel old young man!


I gave you a bump!

Liquid Proust

Thanks everyone! I’ve found 4 now but the lowest price is $17/g. Got a few more contacts so we shall see! I already have two 1989 sheng which I’m very appreciative of but this is a once and a lifetime opportunity :) talking to some collectors in Hong Kong and Taiwan right now. Might just post a blog about the event. Maybe by then I can use Steepster


Yikes! $17/g makes Taiwanese high mountain oolongs look cheap! This does sound like a once-in-a-lifetime event and I’d enjoy reading a blog post about your sourcing adventures.

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