Being one of the "overseas" paricipants, I only got my teas a few days ago and just finished today to taste them all.
I chose to taste all of them blind and without looking at OriginTea listings.
Here are my raw feelings on those 5 teas, after I discovered their labels, in the order I drank them :
Lishan Hua Gang
. really odorant dry leaves (strong milky flavor with citrus notes), turns out even more milky in the preheated gaiwan.
. rinsed leaves partly loose that milky scent, getting more grassy with the citrus notes increasing... interesting and not common for me for a Lishan...
. Brews mostly exhibited a light astringency with tastes evolving on a fresh grassy backround and toward more creamy/buttery notes on the latest brews compared to lighter flowery/citrus notes (reminds me of honeysuckle) on the very first infusions.
. Sweet aftertaste, huigan that coats the throat with spicy notes.
. Nice cooling body effect (and these last days were very hot for the season here), rather energizing (chest).
. Conclusion : not what I'd call a typical "green trend" Gao shan cha but fits heavenly to the tastes I appreciate. Very interesting and powerful citrus scents. Yummy huigan.
Lishan Cui Luan
. dry leaves scent indicate a stronger roast than the Hua gang with bread and bakery notes along with a touch of flowers, turns more grassy in the preheated gaiwan.
. rinsed leaves partly loose the roast scents, getting very sweet/sugary with the flowery notes increasing, almost fruity. Promising!
. Brews mostly exhibited a light astringency on the tongue with tastes ranging from very sweet sugary flowers to a bit more buttery notes confirming a well balanced roast. Appearance of light citrus notes on later brews.
. Nice aftertaste (mostly on nose and front of palate).
. Nice refreshing body effect (and these last days were very hot for the season here), less energizing than the Hua gang (chest).
. Conclusion : another Gao shan cha that's not on the greener side which is a positive point for me. Very balanced, pretty much the taste I like, probably due to the roast. Leaves look smaller than the previous (lower altitude?).
Shan lin xi Long feng xia
. dry leaves scent is much lighter than the two previous (probably no roast) but with a hint of cane sugar on a grassy background. More what I'm accostumed to with greener Gao shan cha.
. rinsed leaves are on the sweet side, herbaceous background, flowery and mountain grass notes.
. Brews : this time I'm in the typical greener Gao shan cha territory, lighter color of the liquor, vivid, grassy with bright white flowers notes, and a touch of citrus. A touch of butter on the very first infusion (very very light roast maybe...). Almost sparkling on the tip and edges of the tongue. Very consistant, w/o a lot of variations through the brews.
. Long delicate aftertaste, limited in intensity compared to both previous teas (mostly on nose and front of palate). Limited to the tongue and palate, doesn't go neither up to the nose or down in the throat.
. Cooling body effect, as expected for me with this family, strongly energizing (lower chest, stomach (unusual...), back of head and neck).
. Conclusion : a "typical" green Gao shan cha. Maybe a bit too monotone for my personal taste. But this kind of quality and finesse could make me change and appreciate these teas in very hot days.
Lishan Fu shou shan
. dry leaves : the lighter odor so far, light scents of fresh bread. In the preheated gaiwan, it's more on the very sweet grassy side (heavy scent) immediately made me think of cooked zucchini (with sugar...).
. rinsed leaves : cane sugar, very dense flowery scent and an unusual raw potato touch (the sweet Brittany variety).
. Brews : like the previous tea, typical greener Gao shan cha markers, light color, very light aromas (even lighter than the previous green one). White flowers notes dominates, limited herbaceous touch. Absolute need for very hot water. Unlike the others, I had to reheat water for each brew. A light astringency appears on later brews (5th or so). I tried longer than usual brews and got more body (and absolutely no bitterness).
. Aftertaste very moderate in intensity even compared with the previous green one (tongue and palate only).
. Intense cooling body effect, but unexpectedly rather relaxing compared to all other quite energizing teas.
. Conclusion : another "typical" green Gao shan cha. This one's really too light and monotone for my taste. But always perfectly balanced. Thicker stems with medium sized leaves, different compared to the others.
Da yu ling 95k
. dry leaves : more powerful than the two previous. Buttery, touch of flowers, lightly grassy. In the preheated gaiwan gets even more grassy, and sweeeeeeeeet.
. rinsed leaves : like the Fu shou shan Lishan, a mix of cooked zucchini/raw potato, with hints of fruits this time, sweeter.
. Brews : very light astringency followed by a nice bitterness (on the front of the tongue). Very punchy impression, really fresh in mouth. Very bright, perfectly balanced with grass and flowers at the same level and a touch of citrus. More intense than the Fu shou shan one, it handled extremely well lower temp brewings that gave very sweet mouth-coating liquors. Very full, silky body. A light but noticeable touch of salt appeared on 3d and 4th brews. Taste doesn't weaken easily on the 8th first steeps. Powerful leaves!
. Aftertaste increased slowly, started on palate, expanded to entire mouth and then to throat.
. For me, it's the most energizing of all teas tasted. Very significant increase of blood pressure (head, neck stomach). Not as cooling as the Fu shou shan Lishan.
. Conclusion : very aromatic green Gao shan cha, always perfectly balanced. Powerful!! Weakens very slowly and thus I spent a long time with it.
After these initial tastings (I luckily have one and a half packet left of each) I'll really continue with pleasure having all these OriginTea leaves. Especially the Da yu ling (top quality green Gao shan cha that impressed me a lot) and the Hua gang (more oxidized tea, long spicy huigan that I appreciate a lot). Cui luan is also very interesting for me with a more roasted touch. Overall very high quality teas SC, a very nice offering that makes me want to try other teas from your selection. Thanks to you and to Chip for all the work!
Last edited by Fabien
on Jul 23rd, '13, 17:04, edited 1 time in total.