233 Tasting Notes
First try from the ample selection provided by Terri. Such a wonderful teabox full of goodies :)
The name of this blend caught my attention, however the flavour was not what i expected. I envisioned a tea mor “citrusy” indead i was welcomed in by the spicy warmth of this tea. I tasted mostly cinnamon/cardamon, reminded me of christmas :)
Lightyears ahead of any swedish blend i´ve tried. Seems i have a new world of tea to explore! Thank you Terri Harplady!
Read one of Terri:s reviews of a roasty oolong a while back and i´ve been itching for some wuyi gong -fu. Tonight i wathced the final episode of “How i met your mother”, it was… wait for it…. Legendary ;)
To accompany the show i brought out the wuyi heavy artillery and I was not dissapointed.
6g (half-full pot)120ml yixing pot, water from tetsubin.
20s +15 per steeping. clear roasty notes, but it doesnt take over there is some flowery notes as well. Very well balanced! And strong, the last steep i forgot and oversteeped by two minutes. This session got me teadrunk… :)
Second attempt @ this tea.
Hm recommended steeptime is 10 minutes@85-90C
First try i used a sado red clay teapot, result was bloody awesome! this time around i used a glaspot and the result is somewhat paler. Somewhat spicy with more than a hint of astringancy mixed with an almost green floral note with hints of burnt butter.
Still this tea sure packs a punch for a white tea, although the taste is more like a first flush darjeeling oolong. Got enough for another try!
This oolong was somewhat of a dissapointment to me. I missed the fact that it is lightly oxidised.
Unlike most other light oolongs the leaves is open and curled, looks wonderful. It is a wellproduced tea but im not so fond of the flowery/buttery oolongs. I want a roasted heavy oolong that gets you teadrunk! :)
There is a small sharpness to this tea. I would prefer an alishan if i had to choose.
brewed western style this time.
Ah, since my failure brewing this tea a short while back i decided to refer to earlier notes and get a nice pot of tea :)
Since purple tea needs alot of leaf to get some ooomph i did 10g/220ml.
Three infusions: 1:45, 2:15, 3:00. Mixed the second and third steeping in a pitcher.
Great result, powerful with a malty sharpness i´ve so far only found in this purple tea. It has a nice “thick” body.
Been itching for some gong-fu brewing lately but life has been kind of hectic. Perhaps tonight ill do some oolong gong-gu madness :)
Sip on, teajunkies!
Never much liked this Tea, until i tried it western style. Very full fruity flavour with some astringancy.
Drinking the last of it from a thermos on the train coming home from a trip.
Actually steeped it in the thermos….. :)
Might restock for more western brewing.
Forgot how to brew this tea western style. used to little leaf @ half the time.
My proper westernstyle for this tea is 4g/100ml water, 2m/2:15/2:45.
If you want a full strong flavour.
However this tea has developed its flavour since i bought it last year. guess its maturing somewhat. Perhaps i should restock and let this be another year.
The flavour is pleasantly sharp and sweet with some smokiness. blissful!
Jummy oh so jummy for the tummy :)
Still the only Shu I like. Les oomph when brewed in a glazed pot with water from electric kettle. Still a nice earthy fruitiness! Smooth and somewhat sweet in contrast to the earth flavour. or is it peat? who knows?!?
Will stick to preparing this in a reductionfired pot with water from tetsubin.
Tomorrow i will try to try out a very nice sheng! While watching the Big bang theory of c ;)
Keep sipping tea and enjoy life when possible!
This tea was an impulsive purchase triggered by my recent discovery of assam tea.
I must say, assam in the morning is a really nice start! The leaf is long and twisted, almost look like mao-cha.
I thought id start with brewing it like a darjeeling SF for 3m. As sompared to the indian assams that usually steep for 4-5m.
The result was satisfactory. It is has that strong slightly dry undertone that I love about assam tea. The maltiness is there just as in both assam and yunnans share, however this assam has a very nice sweetness to it. It is almost like i added honey!?! Very sweet aftertaste thats is well balanced by a slight astringancy.
It lacks the oomph of some of the other darjeeling assams i´ve tried but the flavour is wonderful! Perhaps try brewing it for 5m and see if i can get that almost slight bitterness on the aftertaste that is so pleasant with assams.
Time to install a cadancemeter on the bike. Haha my 5year old wants to help, its set up for chaos. ^^