2011 Xia Guan Jin Se Yin Xiang

Liquid Proust Teas

7.3g, 105 mL gaiwan, Brita filtered tap, 212f

dry leaves are pretty standard sheng smell

5s rinse

wet leaves are smoky with a hint of spice, soup, & dried fruit

15s: not much flavor, but a lightly peppery aftertaste. waiting for leaves to decompress some more.

15s: broth has a sort of grainy smell. slightly woody medicinal w/ a hint of citrus

20s x2: bitter upfront with hints of dried fruit later appearing. something vaguely citrus-y about it.

30s: leaves and broth both smell sweeter. Tea itself is bitter & brisk as usual. aftertaste picks up more of a fruity floral as well as a sort of cooling mint.

1 min: still strong on bitter notes that turn into a cool sweetness. Aftertaste had something of a soapy note

I got bored and tossed the rest into the thermos. Didn’t take notes on the result, and don’t remember what it was like, so probably as expected.

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while this site is mostly inactive, the organization and formatting is convenient to add notes without the hassle of making a blog. Yes, people leave reviews elsewhere, but it’s convenient to have them all in one place when you’re deciding whether to purchase. Tastes are subjective, but hobbies tend to be universally expensive and time consuming; tea is no exception. Learning as it relates to perception is largely individual and thus these reviews represent my own experience, but also are my small contribution to reducing inefficient blind buys (ahem, tuition, as it were) universally.

As of 4/21/21, I will no longer assign numerical ratings to a tea unless it is terrible enough to warrant one. There are a lot of solid teas out there, so it’s hard to differentiate. I prefer reading mildly subjective reviews from others, over a very subjective numerical rating that gets skewed by Steepster’s calculating system anyway.

Not too into 红茶, too light or burnt-roasted oolongs, or gyokuro.

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