I got my YS package today. :)

The dry leaves are dark, long, twisted, whole leaves. It has a roasted nuts aroma, along with a floral aroma, some sweet tobacco. The taste of the early infusions had hints of sweet tobacco, earthiness, floral, borderline perfumey. As it progressed the earthiness toned down, roasted nuts emerged more, peanuts especially. I really liked it in the later infusions, less earthy, more minerals, more roasted nuts, less perfumey, some raisins, sugarcane, fruits, peanuts. There was very little smoke, it was more a toasted, roasted taste with a lot of honey sweetness, fruity sweetness, and lots of flavor. Bold, but balanced, clean. Overall, it’s sweet, roasty, and minerally has a super soft mouthfeel, and a long sweet minerally finish. No bitterness, a little dryness but it adds to it.

Do I like this better than the Wild Da Hong Pao Spring 2018? Nope… It’s less nutty, fewer cocoa notes and more floral. Is it a good Da Hong Pao? Yes, no question.

7g, 212°F, 130ml, rinse, 11 steeps: 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 1m5s, 1m15s, 1m30s, 2m.

Flavors: Champagne, Earth, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Mineral, Nuts, Nutty, Peanut, Perfume, Raisins, Roast Nuts, Roasted, Sugarcane, Sweet, Toasty, Tobacco, White Wine

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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Longtime casual tea drinker. In the past, mainly Matcha, Gyokuro, Sencha, Genmaicha… Etc. I like all teas: Green, oolong, black & pu’erh (prefer ripe over raw).

Chanoyu (for matcha prep) and Gongfu cha (for other types of tea) are the main ways I prepare my tea (Gaiwan, Yixing teapot, Kyusu). I drink all tea… Usually unflavored. This past year, I’ve tried many flavored now because of all of you lol. As long as there aren’t artificial sweeteners, it’s all good.

Favorite stores: TeaVivre, What-Cha, Mandala Tea, 52Teas, Whispering Pines, Bird & Blend, Yunnan sourcing, White2Tea, Lupicia.

The flavors I dislike: Artificial sweetener, lavender, violet, any strong floral-perfumey tea; cantaloupe, papaya, honeydew, rose, licorice, anise, jasmine, any mints, leather.

Favorite flavors: Citrus fruits (especially grapefruit & tangerines), granny smith apple, bananas, guava, mango, tamarind, watermelon, stonefruits, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, milk, cinnamon, creme, bread/pastry, nuts, toasted, roasted.

I generally don’t add anything to my teas unless they are flavored, then I may add a splash of milk.

As I explore, my ratings may shift. 90+ generally means I’ll keep it on my shelf.





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