199 Tasting Notes
My sample is listed as 2011, but I’ll put the note here.. Still getting accustomed to sheng.. I had this after the 2008 Often tuo sample, so I was smart enough to change my steeping parameters for this one! Just a little bit of astringency in this with a dry mouthfeel, but a nice subtle sweetness building to a nice creamy texture at steep 7 or so.. Definitely a nice sheng, in my opinion :D
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Holy lychee, Batman!
Wow, so this tea is super strong and delicious. The instructions say to use 1tbsp per 6oz, which seemed ridiculous, but I did it anyway just so I could have the “recommended” brew. I steeped for 50 seconds/40/50 and have the leaves saved to brew again tonight.
I’m not even sure that I could distinguish that this is an oolong because the flavors of the lychee and the natural tea flavor blend together so perfectly. It’s a great dessert oolong :)
So, this is my first shou.. It’s super dark when brewed and has a smoky/mushroom flavor on the first few steeps, which gets sweeter as the session progresses. I got to try out my new gaiwan and take shou shots out of my tiny cups :P
Steeped very short for five steeps then extended slowly – I didn’t record the times, so I’m not sure. Overall, very nice shou and I’ll be able to get another session out of my sample :D
Flavors: Mushrooms, Smoke, Sweet
Okay, so I had this tea again and had to increase the rating.. I used 3 tsp for 16 oz, then added 1 tsp of a strawberry/apple tisane. It really brought out the natural flavor of the tea and the lychee was noticeable even when brewing at 175. I think the blend just needs a tad more strawberry, so I’m glad that I have some laying around!