Thanks to R2 for the sample via Hou De!

2005 Yang Qing Hao Yiwu Cha Wang

7.2g, 90 mL gaiwan, 212f Brita filtered tap

Seems to be one of the less popular YQHs, so curious to see how it is.

Dry: a sour woodiness, maybe some leather and mushroom

In prewarmed gaiwan: stronger sour mushroom note

15s rinse

Wet: smoky, woody, slight sweet

8s: sour and bitter, resolving into mushroom initially and then light minty sweetness in throat, w/ slightly floral aspect. Reminding me of the jincha aftertaste from my session with that a while back. Slight heady feeling. Good texture.

8s: similar, stronger bitterness in an almost aspirin-like way. Stronger sourness stuck on tongue like the time I tried the 06 Double Lion, but neither as lasting nor as gripping. Aftertaste is the floral minty, but doesn’t hit throat as much.

16s: still good texture, woodier in taste. Bitterness initially like aspirin, but also like oversteeped jasmine tea. Very mushroomy in taste, slightly in aftertaste with the lighter floral backdrop

45s: pretty bitter in aged medicinal way + mushroom, w/ slight floral aftertaste. Not as good on texture.

1 min: dying off it seems. Drinkable, but not notable, classic aged sheng taste.

1 min.: definitely weaker

Thermos’d the rest. Was admittedly very tired and fairly distracted during today’s session with it being midterms and all, but this was disappointing and felt weak even though I went in with low expectations knowing that it’s one of the least liked YQHs. At any rate, current price from YQH price list of $340 for 500g is totally baffling given how it performs more or less like the jincha.

Thermos overnight: quite bitter, undertones of the sweet floral and mushroom, but very much caffeinated w jitters in effect


Hype for sure on some YQH teas.

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Hype for sure on some YQH teas.

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Just a chronicle of a stranger’s tea journey. Keeping old notes up to see progression, but no longer really believe in all of them. Trying to learn!!

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