Old Bush Shui Xian Wuyi Oolong

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  • “forgot to add this before. 1g:50mL boiling water, overnight, test for water between Brita filtered and Poland Spring bottled water since I was humbled by the TS oolong experience with different...” Read full tasting note

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Old Bush Shui Xian is a pristine, medium roasted, hand picked and hand shaken Wuyi oolong from older tea plants. The soup is very satisfying with an easy mouthfeel, a soft sweetness, and a delightful date aroma.

The leaves are from tea bushes that are a minimum of 30 years old and the age of the bush lends itself to a softer, sweeter quality in the taste and a slipperiness in the throat. Older tea bushes are rare in the Wuyi area, as many farmers prefer to use younger plants because they have a higher yield.

Harvested Spring 2018. Roasted, rested and released Fall 2018.
No agrochemicals were used in the production of tea.

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forgot to add this before.

1g:50mL boiling water, overnight, test for water between Brita filtered and Poland Spring bottled water since I was humbled by the TS oolong experience with different water.

An imperfect comparison bc I forgot about seasonal differences…. That or this newly installed Brita filter unit is messed up because I’m certain when I swapped in the earlier one in the summer that it was reading in the 36-40 PPM range. I also forgot that I could’ve filtered an extra 2 times to get where I wanted, but oh well. TDS readings were taken in a separate cup just prior to boiling. 

- PS water: dark, mostly roast. some harsh aspect. Aftertaste is initially floral, then vegetal, then a dominant crushed mint. All in front of tongue. Had bland thermos shou in btwn to “reset” palate.

- 96 TDS Brita filtered tap: less harsh upfront, brighter. Notably stronger floral aspect. Aftertaste more vegetal, then shifts to crushed sugar. more active in the mouth, perhaps less concentrated working to its advantage here.

- 73 TDS new filter: similar to the other. Strong osmanthus. Not as much sugar in aftertaste, but still pleasant. More of general sweetness + vegetal leaning.

Well that was also the last of my Old Bush Shui Xian from the Steeping Room. Pretty fair value I’d say. Having tried this and TShop’s LCSX (which tbf is like 5x the per gram price of this), this is the obvious loser, so take “Old Bush” whatever with a grain of salt, but it’s not a bad tea. Can’t compare to the SXs I tried from TXS now that I know using PS water was flawed but excited to try out the remaining ones I have from OWT and EoT in the next few weekends. I don’t think I’ll buy more of this, as I generally find puer better bang-for-buck wise, and also more or less more forgiving of casual brewing.

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