Special Grade Shui Jin Gui

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Blueberry, Chocolate, Honey, Jasmine, Melon, Orchid, Pine, Raspberry, Mineral, Floral, Fruity, Honeysuckle, Passion Fruit
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 oz / 141 ml

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  • “This is one of those sad times for a few reasons: 1) I picked up this packet, and it was pretty light. I was excited for a non-sample sipdown! However, upon opening the packet, I was reminded that...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Overall not a bad tea. For the price? Horrible. I too do not understand why this has been rated so highly by others. I brewed it by using 5g/120ml, 95C water, rinsed twice, first steeping was five...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I honestly don’t know why others have reviewed this well or why Verdant’s site claims so many flavor notes to it. It’s a nice tea, smooth, and with a slight minerality, but it’s incredibly subtle...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Yay! Tea #2 from my Li Xiangxi Special Sample Pack! The dry leaf aroma is strong and kind of smells like a roasted Tie Guan Yin. I opted not to do a rinse. The first steep was for 3 seconds. It...” Read full tasting note
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From Verdant Tea

This is one of Li Xiangxi’s favorite teas her family makes. Her family can only produce several pounds a year, but she wants to share the harvest since she insists that this Special Grade Shui Jin Gui has the most exquisite aftertaste and that its texture is the best representation of Wuyi as a place. This true Shui Jin Gui varietal grows in the Longchuan Gorge of the Wuyishan Nature Preserve fed by sweet spring water and shrouded in high mountain mist.

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This is one of those sad times for a few reasons:
1) I picked up this packet, and it was pretty light. I was excited for a non-sample sipdown! However, upon opening the packet, I was reminded that tea is very light, and there are definitely still a few cups left of this. Mixed feelings on that.
2) This was, I believe, a 50g pouch of tea, and I’m down to the last few cups… but I haven’t yet rated it. That’s a lot of unlogged cups of tea!
3) I have mommy brain and although I drank this about 24 hours ago, and know I enjoyed it, I literally cannot write a word about it otherwise, because I just can’t remember. Agh.

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Overall not a bad tea. For the price? Horrible. I too do not understand why this has been rated so highly by others. I brewed it by using 5g/120ml, 95C water, rinsed twice, first steeping was five seconds, +3-5 for each additional brewing.

I did a total of eight and these leaves never opened up all the way. How willing/able a leaf is to unroll is a extremely important part to consider in leaf quality.

It smelt of nutmeg, roasted chestnuts, and a hint of oak. Something sweet as well, perhaps melon and blueberries. The liquor has an incredibly smooth and soft mouthfeel. The first cup was almost flavorless with a tiny hint of chocolate and jasmine. The aftertaste reminded me of melon, honey, blueberries, and raspberries. I had to really sit to notice most of these, they were very subtle. The same applies to the rest of the brewings.

The second cup tasted like pine, chocolate, and evergreen mingled with orchids.

The third was very chocolatey and the liquor became a little astringent. The aftertaste was still somewhat floral and fruity.

The following brewings tasted mostly like pine mingled with vanilla and jasmine or orchid.

A very average Wuyi. Nothing to celebrate about and most certainly not worth just over $1/g.

Flavors: Blueberry, Chocolate, Honey, Jasmine, Melon, Orchid, Pine, Raspberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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I honestly don’t know why others have reviewed this well or why Verdant’s site claims so many flavor notes to it. It’s a nice tea, smooth, and with a slight minerality, but it’s incredibly subtle in flavor. And I steeped it EXACTLY as Verdant spelled out on their site. For what equates to $1/gram, I’d hope for something far more interesting. I was totally underwhelmed. I almost feel like they packaged the wrong tea.

Flavors: Mineral

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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Yay! Tea #2 from my Li Xiangxi Special Sample Pack! The dry leaf aroma is strong and kind of smells like a roasted Tie Guan Yin. I opted not to do a rinse. The first steep was for 3 seconds. It smells bizarre and slightly rancid, like sweaty underarms. The initial flavor is a bit like dirty, sweaty socks but the aftertaste is okay and more tea-like. It tastes strongly of passion fruit.

The second steep for 5 seconds was much improved. Do yourself a favor and rinse this tea!! The brewed tea aroma is no longer rancid sweat and the flavor is pure delicious tea. It’s much more enjoyable now. This has very strong floral and fruit notes. I swear it tastes exactly like a cross between honeysuckle and passion fruit. The flavor is so strong and thick that it almost tastes like I’m drinking pollen. A fruity pollen.

Wow, I really don’t think I’ve ever had such a fruity, floral unflavored tea. This is quite remarkable. Verdant’s notes say this is orchid, honey, melon, and aloeswood incense. I’m not getting much in the way of honey or sweetness. Orchid? Maybe. Yeah, I could see orchid. But to me, it is screaming honeysuckle pollen and passion fruit.

Third steep for 10 seconds. Okay, now I’m tasting honey. I can see the melon note as well, although I still prefer to define it as passion fruit. I don’t know what aloeswood incense is, but I would say this tea has very little spice to it. I’m also getting a bit more of the dark, woodsy, rocky minerality that I would expect from this type of oolong. But overall, there is not much minerality to speak of.

Fourth infusion for 15 seconds is just as delicious. The tea liquor is slowly darkening but still pretty light. It looks like liquid rose gold. :)

Next I had a small cup of 200 degree water. I read on Verdant’s site to drink plain hot water after every few infusions to clear your palate. I’m honestly surprised how much this plain water tastes like tea! As the water touches my palate, it seems to reawaken the aftertaste of the tea! It’s really a remarkable and fascinating thing to experience.

Fifth infusion for 20 seconds. The tea’s losing its bite, its punch. Still good but not quite as flavorful as the first few cups. It seems to build on my tongue though and the aftertaste lingers for a long time.

Sixth infusion for 30 seconds. The tea liquor is getting lighter again. There’s a bit more rocky minerality to it followed quickly by floral and fruity notes at the end of the sip. I’m starting to understand why this tea is so expensive. Special Grade? Yes, it is truly special indeed.

I really had a terrible day. One of the worst days I’ve had in a long time. The kind of day that makes you wonder why life is worth living. What’s the point of it all? What’s the point of living if you’re just in pain and causing pain to those around you? Am I supposed to just soldier through and pray that one day the pain will disappear? Am I supposed to hope that I’ll wake up one day and miraculously be whole again? What’s the point of living if I’m going to be broken forever? Life isn’t all bad. I have many things to be grateful for. But when there’s something physically broken about you that impacts your very identity as a woman, it’s really hard to see past that to the good things in life. You can try to ignore it but you can’t keep that up for long. This tea magically transported me out of that dark mindset, at least for a few minutes.

Seventh infusion for 50 seconds. Still good but definitely losing flavor. I think I’ll try a couple long steeps and then call it quits. Sorry that I took this note to a dark place at the end. I’m just devastated and I need an outlet. But back to the tea, this is truly special and definitely worth your time (and money) to pick up a sample. At $29/ounce, I don’t think I can afford a large quantity of this. But I am very glad that I was able to get a great deal on the Li Xiangxi Special Sample Pack so that I could try this tea. It’s an experience worth having.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Honey, Honeysuckle, Orchid, Passion Fruit

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 147 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, the above two comments were my efforts to post a heart.

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I am sorry things are so hard.

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The brew scales aren’t specific enough. I pretty much followed Verdant Tea’s recommendation and started with a 5 sec. steep with 208° water. Increasing 3 secs with each subsequent steeping. In a word, this tea is delicious!
It’s like Mi Lan Xiang because of it’s honey and floral notes. Minerality is tame and sweetness comes through. Honey, melon and wood notes are forward. Wet leaf aroma screams melon. Maybe honeydew? Full-bodied

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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