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In order to learn more about aged sheng, which I know very little about, I joined one split order of YQH teas. One of them is Te Ji Pin, a tea that has had quite some reception in the community. I think I am still learning the best way to brew these teas, but now I might have settled on something that works. Today’s session was the best one I remember with this particular tea.

I find it to have quite a clean and woody taste that is definitely memorable. The qi is great and I also love the smooth, soft, and oily mouthfeel. Still, the price is probably a bit too high. I think I would be able to enjoy and appreciate it much more if I had more of a relation to the tea – which is the reason why I started aging pu’er early on in my tea exploration, even before I would know whether I even like aged tea.

The aroma is hay-like and nutty when dry. After the rinse, I can smell notes of cactus, smoke, pool, soil, fish, and garlic. It is a strong and complex aroma with a vegetal character.

The taste starts off light and creamy, but soon develops some refreshing bitterness and tartness. Second infusion has a strong herbal character like breckland thyme or lemon balm and a finish that reminds me of irn bru a little. Later steeps then show more smooth woodiness, honey sweetness, and a stronger, more rounded taste overall. I find the aftertaste to be really long and heavy throughout the session. It is sweet and spicy with notes such as nuts, cumin seeds, and cinnamon.

The body of the liquor is medium, but extremely soft and smooth. I get a numbing sensation in the mouth at times and the texture remains distinctively oily throughout. As for the qi, it is strong, but not over-powering. I get a warming feeling in the body and a defocusing effect on the mind.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Cinnamon, Coriander Seed, Cream, Earth, Fishy, Hay, Herbs, Honey, Mint, Nuts, Nutty, Smoke, Spices, Spicy, Sweet, Tart, Thick, Thyme, Tobacco, Vegetables, Vegetal, Wood

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 140 ML
tea-sipper

“cactus, smoke, pool, soil, fish, and garlic” Your flavor notes aren’t sounding very appealing but you rate this quite highly. haha

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tea-sipper

“cactus, smoke, pool, soil, fish, and garlic” Your flavor notes aren’t sounding very appealing but you rate this quite highly. haha

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Currently, I am a PhD student at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario. Apart from teas and mathematics, I enjoy sports and traveling, as well as music of all kinds. Connect at https://rateyourmusic.com/~Togo

I have been a fan of green tea for a while and I started exploring other kinds of tea in greater depth only in 2017. I rarely drink blends and generally avoid artificially scented teas. Other than that I try to keep it varied.

My rating description:
100 _ Unforgettable tea, an experience that changes your life.
90 – 100 _ Excellent tea.
80 – 90 _ Very enjoyable, I will buy again.
70 – 80 _ I enjoyed it, but I most likely won’t be buying it again.
60 – 70 _ Decent.
50 – 60 _ Average, forgettable.
40 – 50 _ I didn’t really like the tea, but it is drinkable.
0 – 40 _ I would prefer to avoid the tea.

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