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    Sticky: ninepaths, remember that we aren't totally...

    ninepaths, remember that we aren't totally confident about where everything is from, exactly, when it comes to YQH, particularly early years. Dingjipin is a more Wangong-ish sort of tea than...
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    Sticky: Getting back into the swing of things, a few more...

    Getting back into the swing of things, a few more of the teas I own and enjoy once in a while...

    First was EoT 2010 Manmai, which was decent. The taste isn't that great until the end, with a nice...
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    Sticky: I'd prefer to wait a year. Quality gets a little...

    I'd prefer to wait a year. Quality gets a little clearer the longer you wait.

    Since I will be getting samples at some point, I thought I'd say some stuff about the tea I've been drinking...

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    Sticky: Had a very nice session with the unknown Bangwei...

    Had a very nice session with the unknown Bangwei that was both dark and floral.

    Today, I treated myself to four grams of my '06 XZH Brick. Keeping that last TwoDog blog in mind about the current...
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    Sticky: Some quick notes... 2009 Gushu Lan Xiang...

    Some quick notes...

    2009 Gushu Lan Xiang originally sold at YS is okay. Has a sour juice character, but also has the sort of aftertastes that makes Bosch enjoyable. Some qi.

    2011 EoT...
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    Sticky: Nonplussed, I decided to try the EoT Douyizhai. ...

    Nonplussed, I decided to try the EoT Douyizhai. Much more...normal. Has a nice, complex aroma, and a much more balanced taste rather than being so sweet. It's sort of low on viscosity compared to...
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    Sticky: Did a little '05 Cang'er to wake up, but... ...

    Did a little '05 Cang'er to wake up, but...

    2011 EoT Mannuo is decidedly not tuition tea. I wanted to evaluate a bit and compare with Bosch. However, it was just not very close. The only thing...
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    Sticky: Some quick notes: 1) 2004 Jinwanghao Gedeng...

    Some quick notes:

    1) 2004 Jinwanghao Gedeng is very much like Dingxing products, and I suspect modern Dingxing sourced primarily from Gedeng. Not nearly so much blackberry fruitiness, though,...
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    Sticky: 2014 Lao Man'E from TeaUrchin. I'm not a huge...

    2014 Lao Man'E from TeaUrchin. I'm not a huge fan of it because it's sort of gutted and tamed. Not much of the Lao Man'E bitterness or all that much of the bulang base, which is more important, as...
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    Sticky: Had a '14 bamboo-packed Mengsong. Nothing too...

    Had a '14 bamboo-packed Mengsong. Nothing too special. Tastes like Mengsong, maybe a bit of bamboo. Starts off thick and thins quickly. Your standard caffeine recharge vehicle.

    The 2015...
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    Sticky: Some stuff to go over... first is a finishing...

    Some stuff to go over...

    first is a finishing off of the 2009 Yiwu from white2tea. Didn't have funky taste, mild taste more like fresh yiwu, and not very chocolate/wood-like like last time,...
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    Sticky: All the best holidays are the sad ones, right? ...

    All the best holidays are the sad ones, right? What did that '98 Yiwu taste like, can you guess?

    I didn't find any unusual rubber tastes in the 2Late, but I do find it a very classical taste that...
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    Sticky: Yesterday was '10 XZH ManLin. It wasn't very...

    Yesterday was '10 XZH ManLin. It wasn't very good. Same lack of punchiness as before, but the flavor was much higher than the South Carolina stored sample, emptily floral, and with only light...
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    Sticky: Today was a testing of Guangdong storage of the...

    Today was a testing of Guangdong storage of the dayi mengsong peacock 501. I didn't find that much of a difference--certainly not as big difference as the Tai Lians. However, it's probably easiest...
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    Sticky: did a retaste of the YQH Teji, finished off the...

    did a retaste of the YQH Teji, finished off the sample. The retired smoke is much less (and what bothered me about the storage the first time was absent this time), and the tea is plummy with a...
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    Sticky: I have no clue about the tea selling part of...

    I have no clue about the tea selling part of theasophie, man. I just get the tea...

    With the full brew of Theasophie's 2014 Bulang and half brew of the 2015 Yiwu, I've tried all of the samples at...
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    Sticky: Interesting looking tea. Houde used to sell tea...

    Interesting looking tea. Houde used to sell tea from Dadugang factory, but not a lot of people ever had much good word for the brands. Longyuanhao was pretty much a byword for tuition tea!

    I...
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    Sticky: Today I had the 2006 YQH Chawangshu, and then did...

    Today I had the 2006 YQH Chawangshu, and then did a half brew of the Qixiang to get an idea about storage impacts. With this session, I've now had every tea on the teadb YQH survey. Of course, I...
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    Sticky: That means you're special, ninepaths, though this...

    That means you're special, ninepaths, though this is the first I've ever heard of reserved green tea trees...

    I also liked the 2000 7532 for pretty much the same reason as you cited.

    Today, I...
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    Sticky: Today was the YangQingHao 2007 Lingya. It was a...

    Today was the YangQingHao 2007 Lingya. It was a nice session, but kind of boring. I also think that if I were told that this was a Nannuo, I wouldn't have rejected that idea. The aroma was...
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    Sticky: I had two good teas of the day today... The...

    I had two good teas of the day today...

    The first is the last of the three XZH teas before I head on to YQH...The 2013 Que Zhen. I entered into the session with the preconception that it's a...
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    Sticky: Today I did the 2013 XZH Xuan Xi. To me a short...

    Today I did the 2013 XZH Xuan Xi. To me a short description is that it's like as if you had 70/30 ChenYuanhao Yiwu Chahuang blended with white2tea Tuhao As Fuck. The aroma tends to be menghai...
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    Sticky: ninepaths, at this point, given the consistent...

    ninepaths, at this point, given the consistent tendency of elite yiwu to go to sleep for a long while, I'd not really expect much for another five, six years.

    I was naughty today, had two...
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    I started the day with white2tea Old Reliable. ...

    I started the day with white2tea Old Reliable. Has a notable, if light and unusual qi. Otherwise, it seems to be a pretty normal shu, that isn't very sweet in the caramel or sarsaparilla sense, but...
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    Sticky: Today, after the shu, I did a half brew of the...

    Today, after the shu, I did a half brew of the 2008 Mr Feng's Selected Trees available from Essence of Tea. As per my suspicions, this is a Bingdaoish sort of tea. All in all, it's only good to...
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    Sticky: Seems like I'm coming down with the flu, so might...

    Seems like I'm coming down with the flu, so might be an interruption if nose/tongue gets wonky. Of course, will have trouble measuring qi.

    Anyways, today was the 1999 Dadugang Yiwu. For all...
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    Sticky: That's good to hear, ninepaths... The tea...

    That's good to hear, ninepaths...

    The tea today was the '07 Chen GuangHeTang Hongyin. This one had a pretty strong fruit edge to the plumminess, as well as a basement wood character to the taste....
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    Sticky: awwww, poor ninepaths! Yesterday's tea was a...

    awwww, poor ninepaths!

    Yesterday's tea was a '15 Bulang from T-shop, based in NYC. Not really much to say about this one. Tastes mostly of sweet tobacco, in a way similar to the '05 HLH Da Bai...
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    Sticky: Today was a really good tea day. After a good...

    Today was a really good tea day. After a good session with some shu, I had a tea that wasn't sold by Eugene of Tea Urchin, but apparently was bought by him in his first trip to Yunnan in 2011. It's...
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    2009 ChenGuangHeTang Yiwu is another shu with...

    2009 ChenGuangHeTang Yiwu is another shu with lots of pepper from obvious low fermentation. Unlike the Taipei, it has much more of the generic shu taste and behavior, being similar to the likes of...
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    Sticky: Yesterday's tea was the '14 or '15 Jiajingtang...

    Yesterday's tea was the '14 or '15 Jiajingtang Qingsheng, identified as being from hualianzhi mountain in Mengsong. It's pretty forgetable, and not very durable. Fairly standard mengsong taste, a...
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    Sticky: 2008 private Nannuo production. It's not durable...

    2008 private Nannuo production. It's not durable at all, lasting only about five or six brews before decline, though I suspect had I went for a back end of the session there would be one or two good...
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    Sticky: 2001 Jingmai Ancient Tree from Essence of Tea. ...

    2001 Jingmai Ancient Tree from Essence of Tea. It has some virtues, but from the bat, it has a real weakness in terms of taste--in this session, it's generally a thin retired smoke, vague sheng aged...
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    2006 taipei Memorial Shu from Houde. Very...

    2006 taipei Memorial Shu from Houde. Very lightly fermented, with resulting thin taste (shu is shallow and insubstantial, fermentation gives is a solid color and taste--so light fermentation often...
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    Sticky: today's selection was the Hai Lang Hao Jinggu Da...

    today's selection was the Hai Lang Hao Jinggu Da Bai Cha from 2005. It was a bad tea, mainly because a bit into the session, it gets very tart that's lingering. The flavor is a sort of sharp...
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    Yesterday, I drank the 2006 w2t gongting...

    Yesterday, I drank the 2006 w2t gongting xiaobing. I was a little disappointed, unfairly so, because I was primarily thinking about it in terms of the XZH gift set shu, when it is more like the...
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    Sticky: Yesterday's tea was the 2005 Teji tuo sent out in...

    Yesterday's tea was the 2005 Teji tuo sent out in the white2tea tea of the month program. I found it to be fairly similar to the Xiaguan Cang'er tuo, like the Bo Nan Yun Wu Yuan Cha, but this tea...
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    Sticky: 2011 YS JingGu was very good. It's basically the...

    2011 YS JingGu was very good. It's basically the same level of premium as the headlining Nanpozhai and Mushucha. It has darkened a lot since I last tried this tea in 2012, but that depth doesn't...
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    Sticky: The new 2009 Yiwu that up at white2tea. Pretty...

    The new 2009 Yiwu that up at white2tea.

    Pretty much as expected this is pretty good. I think there are two major reasons why this is $65 instead of more. First, there is a sort of funky wet...
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    Sticky: 2014 Chawangshop Ban Komaen Blue. Respectable...

    2014 Chawangshop Ban Komaen Blue. Respectable tea. The dry leaf had an aroma that was similar to the White2tea Poundcake, if the taste wasn't so sencha-like. The taste had a shallow base of dark...
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