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drank Chilai Shan by CHA YI Teahouse
424 tasting notes

This is another green oolong that I received in my custom tasting set. I’ve had a few Chilai Shan oolongs, but none that I remember. I steeped 6 g of leaf in 120 ml of 195F water for 25, 20, 25, 30, 30, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

The dry aroma is of lilac, honey, and orange. The first steep has notes of tangerine, honey, butter, orange blossom, lilac, other florals, and grass. The orange and orange peel are particularly prominent in the next steep, and the florals are a bit more like the wildflowers mentioned in the vendor’s description. In steeps three and four, I get delicate wildflowers, orange, orange blossom, herbs, and grass, and the aroma at the bottom of the cup is lovely. The next couple steeps feature soft orange, honey, butter, florals, and herbs (lavender?), plus spinach and grass as the tea starts to fade. The final few steeps have a nice floral aroma, but the taste is mainly of spinach and grass.

This tea gave me a few very nice steeps, but faded quickly. The honey, orange, and florals made for an ethereal combination in this unusually cold weather. It’s a little more subtle than the Shan Lin Shi, and I’d say I enjoyed that tea a bit more.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Grass, Herbaceous, Honey, Lavender, Lilac, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest, Spinach, Tangerine, Vegetal, Wildflowers

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

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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.

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