The second one on the list is Xiong Di. Again, there is no method to the selection of these teas. I have no experience with any of these so I am just choosing which ones look interesting.
My First Thoughts on Xiong Di
Immediately after taking my first sip my thought was “Jasmine”. Of course there is no jasmine in this tea but that is a little trick that tea can play on the mind. Perhaps this may be an anchoring bias, but this is all I could think of the whole time. It seemed to taste exactly like Jasmine Pearls although with a great oolong flair to it. I have encountered jasmine pearls with black tea but I have never seen it done with oolong before so this is definitely a unique treat. This tea is definitely less tart than the Ba Xian but it still retains a bit of astringency that is noticeable on the roof of your mouth.
My Review of Xiong Di
Compared to the Ba Xian, the Xiong Di is sweeter, less tart and more floral. The Ba Xian has more of a fruity flavor that I think is lost in the Xiong Di. They are both definitely good, however I would say that black tea lovers would prefer the Ba Xian and green tea and floral lovers would prefer the Xiong Di. Just as a disclaimer, this is only comparing the two teas I have tried so far. I haven’t had the ability to try all 5 yet so I can only make recommendations about the two.
I enjoy this tea slightly more than the Ba Xian because I tend to appreciate more of the floral notes as well as the subtle sweetness. Both of the teas are very good but I think this one is the best if you are into lighter teas or even if you like floral teas.