2005 Xiaguan FT 8653 Non-Iron

Sept 30, 2016, 3.1g in new Yixing pot 56.5ml [7.1] Damp leaf: Flinty smoke, gunpowder. Wash: Clean, sweet, thick, nice texture. Some good smoke and salivation Wet leaf: Sweet dark...

2007 Wistaria Lanyin (Blue Mark)

Sep 28, 2016, 3.9g/70ml Novak shibo [8.3] Nice cake, large leaves, loose compression, less breakage than Hongyin. Damp leaf: Fruity with strength aroma Wet leaf: Raisins, dried fruits Wash: Somewhat...

1999 YQH Cangmi

Sep 23, 2016, 4.6g/70ml gaiwan. [7.1] Dry leaf is a dry version of the YQH smell, slightly grainy on the damp leaf. The wash and the first steep are sweet,...

2006 DTH Yiwu

Sept 25, 2016, 4.7g in 80ml Novak pot [8.2] Damp leaf: fireplace, spicy sweet furniture polish, no off-notes, very nice. no graininess. Wash: strength feeling, medium thickness, some sweetness and...

2006 YQH Tianxiang Baopin

Sept 22, 2016 4.2g/70ml gaiwan [5.0] Dry leaf: not as minty/sweet and full as usual YQH. This is more dry, woody, furniture polish. Wet leaf is consistent with this and...

2005 YQH Yuanshi Senlin Huangshan Cha

Sept 21, 2016, 4.6g/80ml glazed pot, [8.3] Dry leaf: older, drier, more old-furniture version of the YQH smell. Not as minty or fruity but more woody and dry. Wash is...

2004 DTH Yiwu

Sept 19, 2016, 4.7g/85ml unglazed pot. [8.0] This was a small session from the loose leaves which came off the 2004 cake. It was my first taste of the Dragon...

2006 YQH Wuyangcha

Sept 19, 2016, 4.6g/80ml glazed pot [6.1] Typical YQH minty-camphor aroma but with slight smoke. Wet leaf is perfumed and pungent. Quite thick and coating the back of the mouth....

2005 YQH Dingjipin

4.6g/70ml gaiwan, small sample. [5.9] Dry leaf: slight smoke, sweet, wood, earthy Wash: very mild, quite high compression Wet leaf: very pungent, sweet, grains (oats?) I had to break up...

2016 W2T Treachery

I tasted the top tea in W2T’s 2016 line, “The Treachery of Storytelling”, in a 3-day tasting which included the 2016 W2T Last Thoughts and the 2016 W2T Untitled 02....