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1999 Yi Chang Hao (Sung Characters) – Tea Review - D

Zhou Yu: This tea seemed to have a strange odor almost like plastic. I think this may have to do with the environment in which it was stored. I tried to evaluate the tea leaves independent of this, but it was difficult to keep the plastic smell from my impression. The liquor was rough, though the hui gan was actually quite nice. I found it weak also,丨acking any strong presentation.

Lu Li Zhen: This tea was sweet enough. However, there was some roughness that I didn't really enjoy. I found color of the liquor to be poor as well as a sense that the various elements of. the tea didn't work well together.

Chen Zhi Tong: The aroma of this tea was stable throughout; always a bit sweet and a bit sour. It was also slightly strong and unsmooth, with some bitterness in the mouth. The leaves were thick an.d seemed nice. The sensations didn't change, but the blending of the tea seemed somehow off, as if the various leaves weren't matched properly. The hui gan was okay, though, and there was a slight honey fragrance that lasted in the breath, too.

Chen Gan Bang: The aroma of this tea was light, loose and didn't spread as forcefully as some of the others. I found the liquor to be a deep amber with a sorrel tinge that suggested a kind of vigorous strength to me. There was a bitterness and roughness to the tea, but I didn't find either of them to be unpleasant. Though the aroma was so light, I was actually surprised by just how strong the tea was. The hui gan was also worth admiring. I actually enjoyed this tea overall.

He Jing Cheng: The leaves were tender and nice. The tea had good patience, though I did find the flavor to change a bit too much. I ranked this tea as 14th, because I couldn't really evaluate it amidst all the chaos that each sip brought. It was sometimes sweet and sometimes bitter, but never the same or even similar in its transformations.