62 Tasting Notes
I am trying to drink up all my lower oxidation teas to make room for 2014 spring teas. This tea was something I was planning on opening and just drinking through but I was pleasantly surprised.
The dry leaves smelled fresh and vegetal like any good taiwanese oolong should. I was surprised because A. this was a cheap purchase from amazon as an add on to quality for free shipping and B. four seasons is literally picked 4x/year so in theory it can not posses half as much aromatic oils of other gao shan that are barely picked 2x/year.
I brewed it at work but still loosely gave it the gong fu of 45 second (+15-20) and near boiling water. After drinking the first steeping I will 100% be keeping this around my cabinet indefinitely. The cup was super oily even after a rinse which clued me into the quality. The liqueur had a fairly heavy body for a green oolong and a smooth slightly creamy slightly sweet profile which immediately reminded me a lower quality Ali Shan. The buzz I received after 9-10 steepings was pretty intense, it gave me the gao shan grin and focused energy to actually make work enjoyable.
All in all another great buy from rishi, I have come to learn most of there high end oolongs (dan cong fragances, gao shan) are vastly overpriced still good not worth the money but their lower end teas (tky, baozhong, jade, wuyi) are budget worthy staples to be daily drinkers.
Flavors: Cream, Flowers, Gardenias
Too lazy to backlog at midnight but I think the description is spot on, slightly sweet fruity almost, a hint of smokiness in the first few infusions but all around a good tea and fairly cheap, a real contender for my next full cake purchase. A good middle of the road starter cake, I have not had many but I have had way worse and only maybe 2 or 3 that were better (but they are 5x the price of this cake).
Short review since im on my mobile excuse any typos or conversely auto correct edits, really sweet and vegital when cold brewed it produces a sweet smooth taste of a veggie medley, hot brewed it is unmistakably green peas and super sweet crisp green peas at that. Leaves and bud super high quality, some teas I actually do NOT prefer first flush or pre qing ming but this tea I believe is perfectly suited duenton its sweet light profile. If it last me until the summer I will look forward to making refreshing iced tea with maybe a squeeze of lemon.
Flavors: Nuts, Peas
No time for a long log today so real quick review
Eco cha is my new favorite company enough said, this oolong was produced with incredible care every single leaf in my gaiwan was whole after brewing and some leaf sets had 4 leaves!! Literally never seen an entire unbroken leaf set come out of my gaiwan, ever. With all that being said it was on the lighter side taste wise I had purchased the summer harvest though but this being my first concubine i am not sure what to expect. Definite Gao Shan tea drunk in effect, threw the leaves in a cup of water in the fridge because didnt have time to finish the session so maybe I can get a grasp on the main flavor note after tasted it cold brewed. I look forward to experimenting with this one.
Tasting the light sweetness of carrots and roastiness of almonds with a hint of creaminess not as buttery or full bodied as their jin xuan but I was not in the mood for a “milk” oolong today anyways.
Flavors: Cream, Flowers, Nuts
I remember my last mountain tea order being a lot better Im a little concerned they do not display harvest dates so for all I know the quality drop is a by product of stale tea but I have also tasted a lot of tea since my last order so maybe my tastes have just improved. Either way was not impressed with my first trial with this tea. I felt the tea drunk from the gao shan (fish eye lens, tranquility, big dumb smile) but flavor wise it seemed flat. Will wait to throw a # rating out there until I get dipper into the bag but at the moment a little disappointed considering the money I dropped on my last order.
Back logging and I was a little rushed so Im holding off on a numerical rating at the moment. It was smooth without any unpleasant tastes but there were no pleasant taste either. Their was a slight smokiness but it was in the background and only slightly. Will retry next weekend.
I will try to tinker with steeping but at the moment not worth half the price I paid, some of my hei cha staples are similar in taste/smoothness if not better and a lot less money. That seems to be the tune of my entire last order from mountain tea, I think they have either dropped in quality since winning those awards a few years ago or maybe I have just found much better options since my last order a few years ago either way I will not be reordering from them at the moment. Eco Cha is my new favorite company at the moment :)
Flavors: Earth, Mineral
Best I have had to date a little anxious that I accidentally tried my two most expensive cake samples in the last few days, zero smokiness, zero bitterness, zero petrol taste, can not comment on qi or aftertaste as I have a huge caffiene/theanine tolerance and I took flavored fish oil which have their own orange flavored aftertaste lol. Started out herby then sweet like a melon and finally I am getting a mild fruitiness with a slight bite like a meyer lemon or blood orange.
I am finally starting to understand sheng and it’s appeal. Reading something a while back only now just hit me because this tea reminded me of a white tea, something along the lines of "Pu’er starts out tasting like green tea(bitter and astringent just like a green tea would be if you were to throw boiling water on it), later they taste like white tea(slightly fruity with a little astringency, more adept to higher temperatures as technically you can use near boiling water on them), after like an darker oolong (Have not tasted anything this “old” yet), and supposedly finally smooth like a black tea or ripened pu’er(smooth as possible and complex sweet flavors).
This makes sense if you think it existentially and how all types of tea come from one plant so theoretically it is slowly oxidizing itself through the stages of different types of tea. I am pretty jacked on tea at the moment so maybe I am just rambling but whether correct or not I feel a moment of clarity and understanding.
Flavors: Green Melons, Mineral, Orange Zest