Li Xiangxi 2020 Chun Lan Wuyi Oolong Tea Review

This Chun Lan Wuyi oolong tea was received as a free sample when I purchased some of Verdant Tea’s aged shou mei and mandarin peel dragon pearls from the Wu family.

The sample package contained 5 grams of tea.

Supposedly this is a ‘reserve’ tea, a premier showing of Li Xiangxi.

Tea Specifications

Brand: Verdant Tea / Li Xiangxi
Tea: Chun Lan Wuyi Oolong
Harvest: Spring, 2020
Location: Fuding, China
Elevation: 600 Meters
Tea Varietal: Chun Lan

Review

I put all 5 grams I received into a small glass pitcher using spring water.

After brewing, the tea was filtered through a stainless steel mesh strainer.

I washed the tea for 20 seconds and discarded the rinse.

The rinse seems to have opened the leaves up rather easily.

First Steep

Steeped for 25 seconds.

The first sip didn’t have much flavor at the front, but it quickly developed as the cup was drank.

Notes of orchid, honey, stonefruit, licorice, violet, with strong minerality, moderate yun, and a well-done roast, along with that usual Wuyi oolong tea flavor.

It’s a pretty complex tasting tea, with a lingering and developing flavor.

It had a bit of astringency, but perhaps I steeped it for to long.

Second Steep

Steeped for 30 seconds.

A light to medium texture to the tea, as it isn’t particularly thick nor thin, but the second steep seems thicker then the first.

Much of the complexity and astringency has seemingly disappeared, while a cooling sensation on the tongue has developed.

A slight roasted chocolate type of note has developed.

Third Steep

Steeped for 40 seconds.

It seems to have developed a certain tartness, almost reminding me of unripe peaches, although the flavor is still toasty, overall.

I took a look inside of the small glass pitcher and the leaf quality seems good, as the leaves are mostly intact. A majority of the leaves still have a lot of green on them once brewed, although they looked rather dark before then, but there are also some leaves that are much more oxidized, being a bit of a muddled brown color.

Conclusion

An interesting tea try.

I had never had Chun Lan oolong before.

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