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drank Spring 2021 Lishan by Bok
328 tasting notes

I bought this oolong from a member of TeaForum who also sold me my 150 ml Hongni-Zhuni teapot from the 1990s. I’ve been drinking it for over a month now and have almost finished my 150 g bag. I’ve found that it does better with slightly longer steeps in the Hongni-Zhuni pot, but I’m reviewing it in porcelain because that’s what most people have access to. I steeped 6 g of leaf in a 120 ml porcelain pot at 195F for 35, 30, 35, 40, 40, 40, 50, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

The dry aroma is of pineapple, orchids, and grass. The first steep has notes of pineapple, orchid, sweet pea, other florals, butter, coriander, spinach, and grass. The next steep adds kale and umami, but also mandarin orange and peach. The third steep reaches peak fruitiness, with pineapple, stonefruit, citrus, white sugar, cream corn, orchid, lilac, spinach, grass, and umami. This tea is greener than perhaps I’d like, though some of that is smoothed out when I steep it in my clay pot. In the fourth to sixth steeps, the pineapple and florals are pronounced and the tea is creamy and sweet. The tea becomes more green and floral as the session winds down, until it peters out around the twelfth steep.

There’s a lot to like about this oolong. I enjoy the pineapple, stonefruit, and florals, and the aroma of the leaves is wonderful. It loses a few points due to its greenness and relative lack of longevity. Longer (around one-minute) steeps in my clay pot bring out a savoury, umami quality that one TeaForum member compared to buttery lobster, and while I thought this was fun, I prefer to emphasize the fruitiness with shorter steeps. I’ve made this tea almost every day and still look forward to my remaining few sessions.

Flavors: Butter, Citrus, Coriander, Cream, Floral, Grass, Green, Kale, Lilac, Mandarin, Orchid, Peach, Pineapple, Spinach, Sugar, Sweet, Sweet Corn, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Daylon R Thomas

I definitely got the pineapple, though there was something about this that made me imagine sugared snap peas.

Leafhopper

I can see how one would get snap peas from this tea! Feel free to let me know if you want to participate in the oolong group buy on the discussion board. I have to order the teas next week.

Daylon R Thomas

COOL! I likely will. Is the discussion board on steepster or the tea forum? I am pretty set on what I’ve got, but if it involves 2022 stuff and something of the stuff you sent me, I’m going to have to sample them sooner.

Leafhopper

It’s on Steepster. I’ll send you a message with the price list and more details.

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Daylon R Thomas

I definitely got the pineapple, though there was something about this that made me imagine sugared snap peas.

Leafhopper

I can see how one would get snap peas from this tea! Feel free to let me know if you want to participate in the oolong group buy on the discussion board. I have to order the teas next week.

Daylon R Thomas

COOL! I likely will. Is the discussion board on steepster or the tea forum? I am pretty set on what I’ve got, but if it involves 2022 stuff and something of the stuff you sent me, I’m going to have to sample them sooner.

Leafhopper

It’s on Steepster. I’ll send you a message with the price list and more details.

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Since I discovered Teavana’s Monkey Picked Oolong four years ago, I’ve been fascinated by loose-leaf tea. I’m glad to say that my oolong tastes have evolved, and that I now like nearly every tea that comes from Taiwan, oolong or not, particularly the bug-bitten varieties. I also find myself drinking Yunnan blacks and Darjeelings from time to time, as well as a few other curiosities.

However, while online reviews might make me feel like an expert, I know that I still have some work to do to actually pick up those flavours myself. I hope that by making me describe what I’m tasting, Steepster can improve my appreciation of teas I already enjoy and make me more open to new possibilities (maybe even puerh!).

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