Broken medium-sized leaves
Ailaoshan is a Simao mountain, and Scott writes that this comes from Wang Jia village, at an altitude of 2,200m above sea-level. He also notes the presence of thicker, fatter buds that "make this more like a Jinggu tea" than the usual orchid-scented [lanxiang] teas from nearby Wuliangshan.
The brew is a stable yellow-orange
An obvious buttery roast opens the aroma, and this feeling of heavy heat presence persists. It is sweet, gentle, and approachable - but not the jaunty, energising affair of its sister cakes from 2009.
A portion of the leaves' original kuwei [bitter flavour] remains, but it really isn't enough to satisfy my desire for a tea with real content.
The blend is obvious
Most of Scott's teas are priced quite fairly, and this is no exception - at $22, we shouldn't expect miracles. This is a pleasant cake, but not up to the heights scaled by some of the others in the 2009 Yunzhiyuan series. I look forward to tasting what 2010 has on offer from the same label.