Working through some of this tea, doing side-by-side taste testing, and two emerge from the bunch as particularly good:
2010 Winter "wild" Concubine Oolong from Feng Huang http://teamasters.blogspot.com/2011/01/ ... -from.html
2010 Winter Luanze Oolong "Honey" roast from Zhu Shanhttp://teamasters.blogspot.com/2011/01/ ... roast.html
The Gao Shan Hung Shui (Ali Shan) is also very good, but I didn't have enough of it to really see how it performs. It was just a sample. I'll definitely be ordering more of this, though. It can be seen here:http://teamasters.blogspot.com/2009/05/ ... olong.html
I really want to give this one a thorough taste-and-compare with the Wild Concubine.
My sittings with the Wild Concubine, brewed in a small porcelain gaiwan (the "mini-gaiwan" as part of Stephane's Qingbai set, I've got two of them), I'm impressed. The wet leaves smell of espresso and chocolate - mellow, roasty, sweet. First and second infusions . . . hints of chocolate and strawberry. Coffee beans. Third infusion, it all comes on stronger, especially the espresso-like tones. Hints of dark chocolate now. The sweetness has mellowed out. The pitcher smells like caramel and coffee. This scent is more pronounced in the aroma cup. I really packed this poor little gaiwan and can barely cover it! Next couple of infusions . . . sweet coffee tones. A hint of raspberry.
Now for the Honey roast. This was lovely. First two infusions - light and floral with roasty undertones. I can just make out the "honey" part. It's a special kind of sweetness that only barely reveals itself at this point, quite different from the floral notes. Next couple of infusions, hints of freshly baked bread and cinnamon. This is probably the honey part. There are lilac tones in there, too. Fifth infusion . . . the bread and cinnamon aspects are a little stronger. Powerful fragrance of lilac and caramel in the pitcher. I do sense honey-like fragrance, though it's different from the honey we're used to, I think.
Anyway, I'm still pushing through these two teas at the moment. They won't quit for a while. Enough typing.