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Wed Jun 30, 2021 9:46 pm

This is a very interesting idea!
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People should take advantage of this deal. The 2021 harvest really seems quite good.
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Tue Jul 06, 2021 5:44 pm

Comments about SHANLINXI for sale on list of teas on Page 5 post of June 5, 2021:

This tea is beautifully balanced & features a lot of flavors, none of them being overly dominant when I keep steeping time no longer than 25 seconds for the first 3 infusions. Each infusion differs which adds to the enjoyment. Aroma is pleasant but quite mild.
The 1st infusions sometimes seem sweet which I don't notice in other infusions. For 2nd & 3rd infusions sometimes I identify the taste of mint (which may be sensed as minerals) and/or vegetal flavor... all flavors present in a soft way--- really what is nice is the blend of flavors immediately getting along & are more delicious as aftertaste which does not last long.
A 4th infusion is much different. It is not as balanced & for me & is somewhat bitter: not as good immediately. I suggest drinking it because this last infusion provides lasting huigan, a light aftertaste on my tongue which can get strong if I suck in my cheeks which sort of gives me additional infusions without needing to drink.
(I should note that I have a history of being bothered by what I taste as bitterness that others often do not find bitter. If steeped longer than 25 seconds, the SLX gives me that bitterness. Others may think longer steeping gives the brew more depth.)
I won't comment much to compare SLX to the other 2 teas from the same mountain today. I am hoping to combine my thoughts with others who get back to me with their comparisons later. (Promotion for buying all 3 at once on bottom of page 5). I will say for drinkers who want depth & power from gaoshan the Longfengxia provides it very well.
I believe it makes sense to have this SLX in a rotation of lightly-oxidized oolong. One can easily enjoy this for all of the 2 - 3 weeks of daily drinking that one gets from a 50-gram packet.
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Mon Jul 12, 2021 12:36 pm

LISHAN:

What I conclude about this tea may sound trite, but is admiration: this is a Lishan that gives me simplicity that I search for. I identify & enjoy a blended taste, mint & minerals; however, that is when I need to analyze (assess). Overall the impression is a most pleasant, balanced flavor that is smooth & flawless. As with other goashan, I enjoy inhaling through my nose while some of the brew is in my mouth or just after swallowing. This lets me feel as if I am drinking aroma. Immediate flavor is gentle as is the aftertaste which is not long lasting. (No worries about that. This is light on the body & great for 2 sessions a day.)

COMPARISION: 4 infusions of the LIshan seem identical. It does not need exact parameters. What I call a simple flavor is for a lack of a single word; the taste is a well-balanced combination of flavors that pleases me without anything in it that causes me to pause... (no too much of this or too little of that). For price I compare it to the SHANLINXI & think the 14 cents more per gram worth it, unless one likes differences of infusions. Then the less expensive SLX definitely makes more sense to buy.
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Mon Jul 12, 2021 1:36 pm

Ethan Kurland wrote:
Mon Jul 12, 2021 12:36 pm
As with other goashan, I enjoy inhaling through my nose while some of the brew is in my mouth or just after swallowing. This lets me feel as if I am drinking aroma.
Sorry for being off-topic, but that part caught my attention. Do you really mean inhaling? I find myself constantly blowing air very softly through my nose when drinking tea, with my mouth closed, both before and (long) after swallowing. It causes air that has been loaded with aromatics to contact olfactory receptors. Inhaling, it seems to me, brings in fresh air, so I am curious as to what it does for you. Obviously, for obvious reason one needs to breath both in and out, but in my case it is the "out" phase that I focus on when drinking tea.
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Mon Jul 12, 2021 4:05 pm

faj wrote:
Mon Jul 12, 2021 1:36 pm
... I find myself constantly blowing air very softly through my nose when drinking tea, with my mouth closed, both before and (long) after swallowing. It causes air that has been loaded with aromatics to contact olfactory receptors.....
faj, I have done what you do & other things to enjoy aromatics or to taste all of what a tea offers. Lately I enjoy breathing in with the tip of my tongue pressed against the roof of my mouth behind my front teeth. It seems more as expansion of my chest sends flavors or scents in my throat or mouth towards my nose & that act has do little to do with fresh air. It is different than sucking in my cheeks which works well for teas that seem to coat cheeks with flavor.
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Mon Jul 19, 2021 10:06 pm

Before I wrote that the DYL of Spring 2021 is as good as the Spring 2020 which was excellent. That is true, but I should emphasize that they are slightly different. The DYL of Spring 2021 is more "refined". I put the word in quotation because I could easily write that this DYL is gentler, smoother, more delicate, than the DYL of Spring 2020.
Spring '21's DYL is very tasty & pleasurable. I feel I am drinking top quality & enjoy it as such, especially being able to enjoy the notes of minerals and/or mint at peace with the other flavors of gaoshan. This is without an immediate "WOW'. Wow comes later. (explained below)
COMPARISONS:
1. This DYL does not have the boldness or strength of flavor that my Foushoushan & Longfengxia offer, making it a top quality goashan whose tea sessions seem like less of an event while drinking. The aftertaste lasts much longer than the aftertaste of FSS or LFX lasts while a gentle but noticeable feeling of well being spreads from my belly. There is a very nice astringency in my mouth after drinking while no dryness was perceived while drinking. I think of having attended a fun party that was not exhilarating; remaining after almost everyone has left & music stopped; &, then loving being with the hosts and a couple of remaining guests for special companionship.
2. I think of my Shanlinxi & LIshan because they are also gentle & well balanced. Quality of the DYL is immediately noticeable but might would not seem much greater than quality of the cheaper SLX or LS, if the DYL did not provide such lovely, very long-lasting gentle aftertaste & a physical feeling of well-being.
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