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    Sticky: Recent teas.... Finished off 54-46 That's My...

    Recent teas....

    Finished off 54-46 That's My Number. Floral in the way the '09 XZH gift set used to be, but also relatively nutty. Good thickness and texture, and good qi. I enjoyed the session...
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    Sticky: Yesterday, I finished off my sample of 72Hours. ...

    Yesterday, I finished off my sample of 72Hours. This is an excellent tea that I'd suggest is well worth buying. It's not quite all the way up there, but you could place it among things like the XZH...
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    Sticky: Yesterday was a great session with Tai Lian, it...

    Yesterday was a great session with Tai Lian, it felt like the beijing cake finally gave up some leaves with potency.

    Today, I did a session with 2003 Finepuer liuan. This is a rather sweet liuan,...
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    Sticky: Today was the 2010 XZH Lao Wu Shan. Had this...

    Today was the 2010 XZH Lao Wu Shan. Had this right after all of those YS teas, and it tasted a cut above. However, after all of the mammoths have stampeded by, this feels like a more humble tea. ...
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    Sticky: Today was the last of my tea of a certain age...

    Today was the last of my tea of a certain age that I planned to retaste, being the New Year. The '07 XZH Pu Zhen Yuan Cha.

    When I first got this tea, this was very mushroomy, vanilla, fruits,...
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    Sticky: Yesterday was the '06 YQH Qixiang. Started off...

    Yesterday was the '06 YQH Qixiang. Started off with an interesting and very sweet cream and fruit aroma. A little got into the taste, but as the first cup cooled, more tobacco notes emerged. A...
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    Sticky: Today was the '06 XZH Brick. There were some...

    Today was the '06 XZH Brick.

    There were some validating changes, or I hope they were maturation than just a better set of leaves. The tea was darker with dark barnyard and chocolate notes. There...
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    Sticky: I'm sipping this last brew of the '06 XZH Youle...

    I'm sipping this last brew of the '06 XZH Youle as I type this. It's something like the twenty-fifth or later cup. Guess that oughta say something.

    This Youle can be profoundly Menghai, moreso...
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    Sticky: Yesterday was the '07 XZH Yiwu Chahuang. This...

    Yesterday was the '07 XZH Yiwu Chahuang. This tea obviously has some sort of slight processing issue, I think that the some of the leaves were fixed at too high a temperature and became green tea. ...
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    Sticky: Yesterday was XZH Xishangmeishao '07. This was a...

    Yesterday was XZH Xishangmeishao '07. This was a bit of a disappointment because the orchid character that I enjoyed the last time was very muted. The qi was just qi without the euphoric character....
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    Sticky: Yesterday, I had the 2003 Bulang Jingpin. To be...

    Yesterday, I had the 2003 Bulang Jingpin. To be mindful, there is the Bulang Jipin, which has a yellow cha mark on the wrapper and is the top grade, the normal Bulang Jingpin, and the probable...
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    Before football yesterday, I had the '08 XZH...

    Before football yesterday, I had the '08 XZH loose gongting shu. It was more of a pleasant experience with a slightly woody, soily aroma. The soup taste tended to be a sort of milk chocolate, and...
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    Sticky: '09 XZH Jingmai. Pretty close to awesome. ...

    '09 XZH Jingmai. Pretty close to awesome. Starts out unassuming, with a nice honey fruit aroma, and a rather narrow banzhang/mannuo sort of sensibility--menghai mushroom, honey, etc. Thick soup...
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    Sticky: '07 XZH 8582. Noticing camphor yet again, so...

    '07 XZH 8582. Noticing camphor yet again, so this is something of a quirk of my storage. I have had teas have lots of camphor at certain times in previous years, and this has gone away. It is...
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    Sticky: '07 XZH Jinggu Nu'er. Pretty much like the last...

    '07 XZH Jinggu Nu'er. Pretty much like the last time, though I think of it as honey and wildflowers instead not honey and herbs. The peak at about fifth and sixth brew was literally like drinking...
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    It's pretty fun to try tea you haven't had for...

    It's pretty fun to try tea you haven't had for years. It looks like it's been roughly four to five years since I last had the '09 XZH gift set shu. Looking back at the early descriptions, it still...
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    Sticky: It's basically around Christmas, and I'm giving...

    It's basically around Christmas, and I'm giving myself Christmas presents in terms of drinking my good stuff now. It's also about evaluating 2009 teas that should be beginning to reveal true...
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    Sticky: a correction to the last post, at current...

    a correction to the last post, at current exchange rate, the ringgit having sadly declined, the Cha Huang is $425. Makes no difference in the price/value analysis.

    Yesterday was a sample from the...
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    Sticky: Yesterday was the 2014 Chen Yuan Hao Yiwu Cha...

    Yesterday was the 2014 Chen Yuan Hao Yiwu Cha Huang. The sample is way too tippy for me, and there is some oxidation leading to a fairly tippy-dianhong experience. My usual way of brewing was not a...
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    Sticky: Yesterday was the '90s Lanyin sold at white2tea. ...

    Yesterday was the '90s Lanyin sold at white2tea. I found it a little similar to the '90s HK stored, but not so wet and eroded away. The flavor is open from considerable eroding, though. In the...
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    Sticky: Yesterday was the white2tea Pin. This one is...

    Yesterday was the white2tea Pin. This one is pretty easy. It's in the style of the YS Mushucha, has a bit more darker notes like coffee or chicory hints than that tea. The 2012 Mushucha has more...
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    Sticky: 2015 White2tea Tuhao As Fuck. The dry leaf was...

    2015 White2tea Tuhao As Fuck. The dry leaf was very fragrant and promising, and this did turn out to be a rewarding session. At first, I wasn't that much into the tea, "oh Bosch is better" and...
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    Sticky: The tea yesterday was the 2012 EoT Bulang, the...

    The tea yesterday was the 2012 EoT Bulang, the one stored in Malaysia. The best thing about the tea is the chocolate pudding type mouthfeel from viscosity and texture. This tea also tended to have...
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    Sticky: 1990s HK storage from white2tea. Starts off with...

    1990s HK storage from white2tea. Starts off with a bark taste with a sweet finish, and second brew had an interesting campfire note with the bark taste. Aroma is like the taste, before fading very...
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    Sticky: Two teas of the days last couple of days. 2000...

    Two teas of the days last couple of days.

    2000 "7532" from white2tea. Much like the '90s little yellow mark/grand mark sold by EoT for some time. Mature, fermentation-wise, with TCM, slight pine...
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    Sticky: new round of samples in... The first is Smokey...

    new round of samples in...

    The first is Smokey Lee, from puer.sk. This isn't really a very good tea. It's smoky, and has lots of retired smoke, and the taste/aroma isn't unpleasant. The major...
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    Sticky: After a pretty decent session with the Beijing...

    After a pretty decent session with the Beijing Tai Lian '02, I finish this round of samples off with 4.7g of the '05 YQH Yiwu Chawang. It's not really very good. It's tasty in its way, being very...
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    Sticky: 2005 Finepuer fall Lao Banzhang is a little...

    2005 Finepuer fall Lao Banzhang is a little different from what I remembered with my last experience with it, primarily in that it was less fruity in taste. Anyways, there was a little humidity that...
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    Sticky: 1999 Fuhai Yiwu. Disappointed, but probably...

    1999 Fuhai Yiwu. Disappointed, but probably should not have been, given Fuhai's tendency to put out easy drinking sheng. Between that and the warehousing, long since dried out, this tea is mellow...
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    Sticky: 1999 Mitsang, maocha that was pressed more...

    1999 Mitsang, maocha that was pressed more recently by YQH. This is very similar to the White Whale, in that it's fairly low and has that camphor intro. It's a bit sweeter (flatter maocha taste,...
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    Sticky: what was labeled as 07 JinTuo. I presume this is...

    what was labeled as 07 JinTuo. I presume this is the 2007 YQH mushroom. As with 2 years ago, I like this more than the Qizhong. This tea does have one outstanding trait, which is great thickness...
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    Sticky: Today was a minibrew of '07 YQH Qizhong (4.3g) in...

    Today was a minibrew of '07 YQH Qizhong (4.3g) in my gaiwan. I didn't enjoy it as much as I would other YQH production, including yesterday's tea. The best thing about this tea is that it has a...
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    Sticky: The first sample of the set is the 2011...

    The first sample of the set is the 2011 Yangqinghao Ku Yun, which is a Bulang.

    I enjoyed the single sample very much and wish I had a second or third try! The tea though, is very unusual for a...
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    Sticky: Since I have a new set of samples in, I thought...

    Since I have a new set of samples in, I thought I'd do a quick run-down of recent shengs

    '10 YS Yanuo Youle--This was better than the first try and not so hongcha. It wasn't that durable though....
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    Sticky: A point of order, the 2010 XZH Manlin uses 2009...

    A point of order, the 2010 XZH Manlin uses 2009 maocha, and pressed 2010. Sanhetang also wants roughly $300 more for the Manlin as opposed to the Lao Wu Shan. It's a a little weird to me, given...
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    Sticky: Now the 2010 Manlin (Manzhuan) from Sanhetang. ...

    Now the 2010 Manlin (Manzhuan) from Sanhetang. Back when I first tried this, I thought it was very tasty, very cupcake like a jinfo yancha, but not really a great all around tea, and certainly not a...
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    Sticky: The 2010 Lao Wu Shan from the Xizihao label was...

    The 2010 Lao Wu Shan from the Xizihao label was most definitely at another level compared to the premium Yunnan Sourcing offerings. Pro tip: A truly premium tea will have a longer lasting aroma as...
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    Sticky: The 2012 YS Nanpozhai is inferior to the...

    The 2012 YS Nanpozhai is inferior to the Mushucha, maybe by more than the dollar difference would suggest. Not a bad tea, though. It has a fuller body, typically of brown sugar and florals. The...
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    Sticky: The 2012 YS Mushucha is a better value for the...

    The 2012 YS Mushucha is a better value for the money than yesterday's tea. I think there are two notable attributes of this tea. The first is that while the viscosity isn't that high, the texture...
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    Sticky: 2012 YS Duoyizhai. Hobbes review is a good...

    2012 YS Duoyizhai. Hobbes review is a good summary. I also drank this with the EoT version from 2011 in mind. This tea had some strong surface tension action going, and keeping bubbles intact atop...
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