49 Tasting Notes

85

This tea is integrating nicely. I’d give it two more years (from 02/21) to fully integrate. It definitely holds the typical olive flavors of Mt. Ailao and the forest floor. It generates strong salivary activity in me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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88

7 years after my last note, this tea continues to be pleasant, mellow, and slowly evolving. For me its flavors are woodsy, with a cocoa edge, with pleasant deep flavors. It just seems quite calming. I don’t believe it is available on Bana Teas website any longer, but if you have some, and could use some pleasant calming, give this a try.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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85

I had a very nice cup of this tea this morning. Typical Qianjiazhai flavors for me – olives, forest floor, orange, touch of bitterness. Quite nice, mellowing out, early in the maturity phase. Wish I had more.

Flavors: Forest Floor, Olives, Orange, Orchid

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 8 g
mrmopar

Hey there, good to see you on here.

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90

It has been 9 years since I first reviewed this tea. It has gotten even better, richer, more mellow, with integrated flavors , and it is delicious. Fruity and deep, this is a lovely cuppa.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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80

In May 2020, this tea has mellowed (2013 pick), and the smokiness, tobacco flavor, and pleasant bitterness are more integrated than previously. Aroma in first cup is of orange and tobacco, with a touch of green vegetable, and it tastes much more seamless than it did as reflected in my previous note 5 years ago. The smokiness is pleasant and I can sense it in my sinuses. Quite interesting and it tastes pretty good. It does have a long, smoky aftertaste which is pleasant.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
Nattie

Glad to see you’re back (:

mrmopar

Yah it has been a while!

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80

I enjoy this tea and its formerly bitter flavor has mellowed considerably over the years. There is a floral bamboo fragrance to the tea with hints of olive, and orange. There are also some foresty flavors as well. Kind of light bodied, it is nevertheless complex and flavorful. I see that Yunnan Sourcing has a 2019 version as of this writing.

Flavors: Bamboo, Floral, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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84

In early 2020 this tea is lovely. Earthy, but with a mineral kick, it is quite mellow, and pleasant. No off odors or flavors, it just tastes good, and has a pleasant feel to it. The epitome of an “everyday” tea in the good sense that it is pleasant, enjoyable, easy, and does not require much of you other than enjoyment. Wish I had more.

mrmopar

Hi old friend.

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84

This is a young sheng at this point (8/2015), and has fairly typical flavors, and although light, it is complex at the same time. It has a touch of bitterness which coexists with a hint of sweetness, and has an astringent mouthfeel that I think will mellow with time. I like this tea and will be interested in tracking it over time.

Flavors: Grass, Hay, Olive Oil, Tobacco

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 6 OZ / 165 ML

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88

This is not a powerhouse tea, but one of subtlety and presence. It has a gentle fruitiness I associate with Yiwu, lovely large leaves, and is relaxing and contemplative. I am enjoying it.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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