Xiaguan 2006 Baoyan Mini-Beeng Leaf: Broken medium leave. Many long / medium stems. Machine pressed. Heated Leaf aroma: Smoky bacon / meaty. Water temp: Crab/fish eye. Infusion and ratio: 6g in 150ml gaiwan. brief rinse, 60s rests, 20s, 20s, 30s, 60s, 60s Liquor color: Medium clarity, golden pale green. Flavor Notes: Smoky, Medium pungent, mild body, flat finish. Best Infusion: 2nd. Cha Qi: lacking. Overall: A quiet/mild specimen. Commercial bing, low land machine harvested. Age-ability: poor. Would I buy this tea: No.
Xiaguan 2005 Nan Zhao raw beeng Leaf: Broken medium leave mixed with young leaves. Short small stems. Heated Leaf aroma: Mild Smoke, seaweed, grassy, corn. Water temp: Crab/fish eye. Infusion and ratio: 6g in 150ml gaiwan. brief rinse, 60s rests, 20s, 30s, 30s, 60s, 60s.... Liquor color: Medium clarity, light amber golden. Flavor Notes: Grassy, medium tannis/pungent, seaweed-high mountain oolong character. Later steeping: Numbing lips, bitter sweet finish. Floral. Medium body and good complexity. Cider wood, clean & sharp on tongue, moisturizing & sweet throat. Best Infusion: 3rd onwards. Cha Qi: Good and calming. Overall: My favorite so far beside the clarity! A high mountain harvest/semi-wild specimen? Great layers, not overwhelming but complex. Very enjoyable and relaxing. Could be aged better? Age-ability: Good Would I buy this tea: Yes. How much and which area?