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Second tea from my Mountain Stream Teas sampler. This was a lighter Li Shan than I’ve had before. It’s described as having “clear beginnings to a sweet and sour stone fruit finish.” Tasting it, there is indeed a nice interplay of green apple tartness and sweeter, fruity notes. Slight herbaceous notes kick in in the finish. This tea is less flowery than your typical high mountain oolong. The florals appeared briefly around the 3rd steeping but faded rather quickly to vegetal notes.

It began like a green tea, peaked quickly and then flattened out as it settled back into a green tea. It didn’t have the viscous body nor the rich mouthfeel I’ve come to expect from this kind of tea. There were lots of enticing smells coming from it – custard cream, tangerine, clover honey, etc – but unfortunately very little of it came through in the taste. Overall, a passable Li Shan but far from extraordinary.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Green Apple, Herbaceous, Vegetal

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200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Daylon R Thomas

How did the other’s compare for you? I didn’t get too much for flavor in the Winter one personally so far. I honestly have to try the spring again as I go through it. I liked it’s smells and nice balance, but I kinda passed it off as a generic Li Shan that I do not mind having.

LuckyMe

Personally, I liked the Tillerman Li Shan better. This one just didn’t have any depth and faded way too quickly for my liking. Like you said, it’s a pretty generic tea. The Wild Cultivar oolong is next on the list and sounds a lot more exciting.

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Daylon R Thomas

How did the other’s compare for you? I didn’t get too much for flavor in the Winter one personally so far. I honestly have to try the spring again as I go through it. I liked it’s smells and nice balance, but I kinda passed it off as a generic Li Shan that I do not mind having.

LuckyMe

Personally, I liked the Tillerman Li Shan better. This one just didn’t have any depth and faded way too quickly for my liking. Like you said, it’s a pretty generic tea. The Wild Cultivar oolong is next on the list and sounds a lot more exciting.

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My Rating Criteria:

95 to 100: Top shelf stuff. Loved this tea and highly recommend it

90 to 94: Excellent. Enjoyed this tea and would likely repurchase

80 to 89: Good but not great. I liked it though it may be lacking in some aspects. I’ll finish it but probably won’t buy again

70 to 79: Average at best. Not terrible but wouldn’t willingly drink again

60 to 69: Sub-par. Low quality tea, barely palatable

59 and below: Bleh

Fell into tea many years ago and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and flavored Teavana teas. My tea epiphany happened when I discovered jade oolongs. That was my gateway drug to the world of high quality tea and teaware.

For the most part, I drink straight tea but do appreciate a good flavored tea on occasion. I love fresh green and floral flavors and as such, green tea and Taiwanese oolongs will always have a place in my cupboard. After avoiding black tea forever, Chinese blacks have started to grow on me. I’m less enthusiastic about puerh though. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

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