2007 Wistaria Lanyin

// Published May 12, 2022 by mgualt

5g/85ml Hongni Yixing, Toronto filtered tap.

Warmed leaf has a fruity fermentation aroma.

High viscosity, light orange colour. Initial steep at <10s is thick, strong, good presence, not brassy, no off notes, and with good aftertaste. Subtle taste, but strong impact. Oily-savoury profile which maintains throughout.

Second steep, for only the length of time it takes to fill and pour the pot. Thick, solid orange, very high viscosity. Taste is mild but complex, with very strong impact, feeling the tea go down, sharpening thoughts and vision, and giving a bit of jitteriness. Aftertaste is a sweet, oily coating which lasts for several minutes. This is aggressive on an empty stomach but the astringency is low at this stage.

The energy of this tea is quite strong – it raises the level of focus, also quieting, but it is very “serious” and useful for sitting down for an intense work session. I wouldn’t drink this if I was already anxious or on edge, it would be a bit too much. The style of this tea is not consistent with a normal factory production – this is more of a gushu blend in my opinion; I say this because it has a subtle taste, very high thickness, and a very restrained astringency, while at the same time having a deep impact in energy and mouthfeel.

It’s somewhat tippy, but without brassy notes, which I am very happy about. Processing is also excellent on this, and it is worth comparing this with, for example, Yangqing Hao teas from 07. The Wistaria tea appears significantly younger and has a bigger impact, which is a good sign for the future.

Oily umami arrival, strongly heating in the chest, slowly growing astringency which comfortably coats the throat, and leading to focus of mind and vision, and a bit of body tension. Ready to pounce. Strong longevity.

Lanyin is my favourite from the Wistaria lineup apart from the 2003 Qingteng, Zipin, Nannuo and Youle teas. It’s a “serious” profile, reminding me of the kind of energy I get from purple dayi 2003, but in a more gushu presentation. No off notes (although on the warmed leaf you can tell there is some fruity fermentation notes as the tea is still changing a lot) no brassiness or black tea notes, moderate-low astringency and bitterness. The thick oily texture and the strong energy are the key aspects of this tea. One of the standout shengs available for aging. 7.9


  1. teakkurim
    May 14, 2022 @ 5:46 pm

    have you tried this tea with less leaf?
    my first few times having it i did less leaf than i normally do and, like you describe, felt it very stimulating (too much for me) and it did bring lots of frisson. i could not understand how people could describe this tea as having a mellow and relaxing qi. then i tried it with even less leaf and finally was able to experience the mellow sensation. the brew was pretty light in taste with that amount of leaf but i was able to experience the nuances in the feeling better.

    • mgualt
      May 27, 2022 @ 6:48 pm

      I have had this tea many times with many different ratios. I would not describe it as mellow and relaxing, it’s just not the type of tea it is. As for frisson, I don’t think you understand what I mean – I am referring to this.

      • teakkurim
        June 11, 2022 @ 8:08 pm

        ” I would not describe it as mellow and relaxing, it’s just not the type of tea it is”
        -hahaha, okay, good, that makes me feel better about my initial impressions of this tea

        thanks for linking the page on frisson. i had been associating it with a feeling akin to an electrical current so it is nice to know the actual definition


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