529 Tasting Notes
i went to my friend’s house today. we had a campfire and we made some of this tea western style with a big cooking pot for boiling the water, a smaller pot and a big strainer to strain the leaves in. this tea has aged for about a year, (well i think it aged and they say it can). so i think it has aged a fair bit. i can tell because the smokeyness of the dry leaves is a lot weaker but more in an aged way. the tea also tastes a tad weaker but in an aged way. the water did not reach a full boil but steeped well
my friend’s wife did not like the smell of the dry leaves too much (nor did their kids, who really did not like it and thought it smelled stinky) but said the tea was ok but shes going to stick to her teas. me and her had a small discussion on how this tea is made too.
we had no marshmallows or wieners today.
i had fun!
note: the gram amount and water volume are estimates
Nonpareil Taiwan Ali-Shan Jin-Xuan tea.
Ru Yao dragon teapot gongfucha
Dry leaves: wine, floral and asparagus.
Wet leaves: wine. Floral and asparagus
Light steep: I taste/smell; light
Sweetness. Floral, grass, Fruit (peaches), asparagus.
Medium steep: I taste/smell; medium sweetness. Light
-> floral, grass, fruit (peaches), asparagus
Heavy steep: I taste/smell; strong sweetness. Medium
-> floral, grass, fruit (peaches and berries), asparagus.
All in all this is an amazing tea! I rate a 100 because it is just lovely! The aroma, the flavours. Just lovely.
bonus photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/BEMfQD3J4-p/
Flavors: Asparagus, Berries, Floral, Fruity, Grass, Peach, Sweet
Ru Yao dragon teapot gongfucha.
Dry leaf: musty
Wet leaf: like wine. (New to me)
Light steep: I taste/smell;
Little to no
-> earth, autumn leaves, fermentation taste. Medium sweetness.
Medium steep: I taste/smell;
Slight—-> earth, autumn leaves. Little to no fermentation taste. Medium sweetness.
Heavy steep: I taste/smell; light
Earth, fermentation, camphor, autumn leaves. Strong sweetness
All in all, this is is one of the best teas I have ever tried. I rate this tea a 100 because of the taste and aromas. Just lovely! I plan on ordering a cake or two someday! This is now my third most favourite shou! Love at first tea session.
Many thanks to R.F Hill for this amazing tea sample!
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Camphor, Earth, Sweet