A couple of teas today... The first one is Exquisite Poetry, which is a cake commissioned by Liquid Proust with the help of the folks at Crimson Lotus, and said to have some kunlu yesheng. It doesn't say anything else about the tea, and I presume it might have regular sheng in it, but it could be other wild tea. Essence of Tea does a wild tea-sheng blend 2018 "Piercing the Illusion", and I thought about that tea while drinking this one (I've never tried it though). In general Exquisite Poetry is fine, but I prefer the better 2017 Essence of Tea wild tea, Wuliang, Kunlu, and Secret Forest wilds. The dry leaf is very fruity in aroma and strong. Soup aroma starts off a bit vegetal, with fruit and florals, and the vegetalness drops off as the tea progresses through the session. The taste starts off with a vegetal base like the aroma, with honey, floral and fruit, then it dips down to a deep and lightly bitter note, before rising again to a honey, fruit and slightly floral taste, which becomes more constant. The viscosity is rather thick, and it's slightly oily. This doesn't have much aftertaste for four brews and then starts having a little bit. Rather the same with qi, too. The slow start exhausted my patience since I wanted to do a second tea today, and the improvement didn't encourage me to continue brewing past the seventh brew. A little unfair, but wild tea is not really my thing, and while this tea is agreeable, it's quite insipid, and lacking in real complexity or dynamacism. I believe it's sold out, so my opinion doesn't really matter, though, but buy cheap, as a low attention required daily drinker. Thick and nominally tasty, etc... I had done a thermos of the 2014 XZH luyin, and sort of thought that it was reminiscent of 2007 and 2008 XZH Puzhen, so I wanted to get in a session of '08 Puzhen to have that fresh when I eventually get to the rest of my luyin sample, like what I did with Tai Lian and lanyin. The session made me think that luyin and puzhen aren't that much alike, but I enjoyed it very much, representative of Sanhetang's killer northern puerh efforts of that time. The general reasons to love the tea was in evidence, much as with the first tea of the day, good thickness and mouthfeel. Somewhat less thick than Exquisite Poetry, but better mouthfeel. Really good qi as well. Many flaw was a tendency towards sourness in the early going. Tends to have honey, fruit, floral in aroma, thins to a mostly floral aspect later. Taste is sweet early only, with honey, fruit, floral. Then it goes deep to a sort of chicory darkness, which is different than the more barnyardy depth of the Luyin. Taste eventually rises and late infusions were lots of watermelon plummy goodness. The aftertaste were pretty good early on with a rather active yun in the throat and plenty of mouth aroma, and this becomes more subtle most of the time later, but is not without some really nice fruity mouthcoats that lasts. Durability is good. Next weekend, I will probably be doing some cheaper XZH productions, and it'll be the weekend after next where y'all can complain about my preference for reviewing unaffordable teas. Not that the "cheaper" teas that I'll be doing are actually *cheap*, of course.