Floating Leaves : High Mountain Blind Tasting Sampler

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Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:09 am

Still didn't get the trial perfect, because I used too little water in the gaiwans for the quantity of leaf, trying to avoid drinking too much later in the evening, and the over concentrated first infusions, while delicious, masked some of the distinctions between the different samples. I used 1.0 grams of leaf for 28 mL of water (just used a 2 oz measure), just off the boil, and didn't begin to see the distinctions clearly until I diluted the result by about 2 -3 fold in the cups afterwards--it was too concentrated. But then, and after an overnight infusion in cool water, the differences are clearer again. There is one that is the most delicate and floral, and that takes a little longer to open up--the flavor of my first short grandpa style infusion last week was very subtle, but it got deeper quickly with a little longer infusion and less water, and that one was the clear favorite this morning after the overnight. Another is less floral and more summer hay, caramel, a little nutty or touch of roasted grain, still delicious; and one is a bit....harsher seems wrong, but just stronger, with the same flavor notes as the second one.

I've deliberately mixed them up, and will post my more detailed notes at the reveal. But I'm making my guesses now to include with those notes.
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Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:30 am

Did a side-by-side grandpa style comparison tonight with 3 grams of leaf in each mug. They are all good but there is definitely one that stands out in my mind.

I won't give away any tasting notes yet, but below is a photo of 3 grams dry leaf, vs 3 grams wet leaf with a representative sample of each on a 1/4 inch grid for reference. There is definitely a difference in leaf size when it comes to these three with B being the largest and A being the smallest. B may actually be a bit misleading in this photo because I couldn't get the leaf to stay fully open in the picture. Also, one of the teas took notably longer to open up in the mug than the others.

Also, I apologize for the lighting. My office is not the ideal place for photography.
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Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:22 pm

It is time, I suppose, so I shall reveal my guesses (and they are guesses indeed) based on one cupping session and one "grandpa" session:

A = Hehuan Shan
B = Alishan
C = Shan Lin Xi

I look forward to the great reveal tomorrow morning.
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Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:24 pm

Spoiler alert: On the preceding post I name my guesses. If you don't want to be misled yet, don't look at that post.
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Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:58 pm

Is this correct?

A = Hehuan Shan
B = Shan Lin Xi
C =Alishan
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Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:59 pm

Shine Magical wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:58 pm
Is this correct?

A = Hehuan Shan
B = Shan Lin Xi
C =Alishan
Haha tomorrow all is revealed....
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Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:05 pm

Finally had a chance to sit down with these 3 mystery oolong. Not looking at everyone’s very fine notes above .... all are light profile, ie low roast :).

Used 3 differently sized gaiwan, so made sure to measure equal leaf/ water/temp/time. Pushed steeps and leaf:water ratio 6gr/80ml/205F/60, 85, 150sec. The thickness variations on gaiwan probably influenced results somewhat. I never post comments only after 1st fleet, but here goes:
On second steep; all were effervescent with mineral buttery sweet notes. Hard to tell exactly which light high mountain each is...

A is the most tannic with floral, buttery sweet & warming aromatic liquor. Has smallest leaves. Lowest quality of 3 maybe ShanLinXi
B is richest of 3, super aromatic dry & wet leaf, liquor is buttery sweet, milky, fruity. Has brightest green leaf and biggest leaves. 3rd 4th steeps richest. High quality maybe; DaYuLing, Jin Xuan
C is really smooth, feathery light & lyrical, balanced floral buttery sweet. Has slightly smaller leaves than B. Maybe Alishan, Hehuan Shan, ShanLinXi

Right to Left; A, B, C

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