Well, 90 is starting to look my norm. Anyway. What-Cha had almost every variety of tea that I’ve been hunting for, and all at pretty good prices. I’ve also had the tendency to pick vendor favorites. This is not one of them, but don’t worry. I’ll be writing about them in the all too near future.
I like yancha’s and I wanted to compare this rendition to the stuff I got from Berylleb. Every tea is different, and every Shui Xian I’ve had has definitely been different. Actually, kinda similar to a Dark Roast Tie Guan Yin and a Big Red Robe. This one is incredibly smokey, and very sweet. The caramel note here is thicker, almost like a cooked or a burnt caramel. Maybe brown sugar. There’s also a little bit of tobacco and coffee in the notes. Plus something kinda boozey. Whisky or rum. So many re-steeps…
Bottom line: a good, complex Shui Xian. If your looking to try one, or a fairly smokey tea that has some nice sweetness, you want to start with this one. More for experienced drinkers or the mildly adventurous, but newbies might like the subtleties and odd sweetness.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Flowers, Smoke, Sweet, Tobacco