drank Shan Lin Xi by Eco-Cha Artisan Teas
42 tasting notes

Just getting around to this steepster select (RIP) sample from probably 2013 or 2014.

1st, 2 min:

The aromatics of this tea are as beautiful as you’d expect from a green oolong. Floral and creamy with a front of lavender that fades to sweet cream as the tea cools. The flavor is really striking. Floral with a rather sweet vanilla flavor. As I keep sipping the vanilla adds notes of cardamom and a very gentle cinnamon.

This tea is a little too singularly sweet to be something I would drink regularly, but it’s a nice treat, perhaps as a desert tea.

2nd, 2 min 30 sec:

By the end of this steeping the leaves have really unfurled and are lovely whole leaves with light visible bruising. I’m very happy this round is less startlingly sweet than the first. The vanilla flavor has faded a bit and has left a nice combination of florals and cardamom/cinnamon. This pairing with less of the sweet vanilla is much more to my liking.

3rd, 3 min:

The spices are starting to fade and I’m left with just the florals. Definitely not an unpleasant cup, but I think thats my sign that this session is done.

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cream, Floral, Sweet, Vanilla

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 4 g 7 OZ / 207 ML

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I don’t pay too much attention to the number scores I give teas — they’re just an approximation of my feelings on them, so if you really want you know what I thought you’ll need to read the whole, longwinded tasting note.


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