290 Tasting Notes
My two Gaiwan sets arrived today, and to celebrate I brewed this sample that I got from JK Tea Shop.
The dry leaves are very long, twisted and dark. The brew is lightly golden with a gentle sweet and flower scent. The tea is silky, slightly oily, and coats the tongue and the roof of the mouth with its pleasantness. I steeped it four times, and the second and third steep were the best – the first being rather rough. There’s no astringency or bitterness to this tea, but rather a mild sweetness that is not overwhelming or cloying, but merely a welcome background to the perfumed/orchidy flavour of this tea that lasts long after the tea is gone.
A very good tea to relax with on a friday afternoon, watching the sun set and listening to my cat snoring gently to herself.
Was having a nice cup of this tea, when the sirens next to my house started blaring. Caught me completely by surprise, and sent me rushing to the sheltered room (minus the tea, which was in a glass cup…). I thought that it was probably a drill, but as we weren’t notified that there was going to be one today, I thought it better to be safe than sorry. After an uncomfortable minute or so, the siren died out and I went to check out what it was all about. It turns out that it was a drill, but there was no mention of it in the paper or the news last night, so it gave me quite a fright.
I’m now back at my desk, sipping this tea and relaxing before getting back to work. Brrr…
Another four steeps of this. I used longer steeps this time, so the cinnamon taste is more pronounced, but still not overpowering, and the tea has taken on a creamy texture. The gentle vegetal aspect of this tea has also cleared up, and I can define it as garden pea like. I’m already halfway through my stash and am contemplating another purchase. A tea well worth your time and money if you haven’t tried it yet.
I’m sitting with a cup of this, listening to my cat gently snore, and wondering when my throat ache will clear up. Since I’m not 100% well, I won’t rate this tea at the moment, I’ll just write up a few notes about it. The dry leaves are balled up into pearl sized greenness, of the brilliant kind, with a splash of yellow and brown here and there. They are very attractive, and smell gently floral and sweet. They very quickly open up – most are half open after the quick rinse they received before the first cup, and by the third steep they are fully open. Make sure to give them plenty of room to grow, as the leaves are large and full, and filled my gaiwan in no time. The tea brews a delicate, pale amber, and steeps very quickly. I was worried that it would be very vegetal, but it leans more towards the sweet and floral range of “green” oolongs, and the vegetal notes are very faint, and make the tea more refreshing. I have a feeling that this tea will cold brew very well. It grows sweeter and takes on tastes of lightly roasted greens in later steeps. Once again, the leaves are very attractive opening up, so if you have a glass gaiwan, this is a tea for it. Lovely tea for a sunny, lazy afternoon, or for a post lunch treat.
Backlogging two steeps (first one for 5 rounds, second one for 2 rounds – got tired). I’m not rating this tea at the moment, since I’m slightly ill and my taste buds and sense of smell aren’t at the top of their game at the moment.
This tea starts out gently floral and sweet, and then mellows down to a less floral/spicy more sweet flavour. A good tea that I will want to try again once I’m over this flu bout.
I let the tea steep for a bit to long in my second round of my second taste of it, and it took on a bitter note – but the tea’s flavour was much more pronounced. This made me think that its worth experimenting with various steep times with this tea.
Backlogging from yesterday. I stumbled upon this relatively new player in the (tiny) Israeli tea market a few weeks ago, and this is the first tea that I’ve tasted from them.
The tea comes in an attractive thick cardboard box, and an attractive price, but very little information about its origin or age. iTea is merely an importer of the tea, which they say come from “Wuzhou Tea Factory, China” (never heard of them, and they don’t appear to exist online, but if I knew Chinese I could decipher what’s written on the packages perhaps and find out more about them), so I wasn’t expecting much at all – especially at this price.
Boy was I surprised!
First of all, the tea is very well packed – each tiny toucha is sealed in a nice foil-like bag, and then in a cotton paper wrapper. The leaves on each toucha are large, and whole, and telling by colour – rather on the young side of Sheng Puerh. They open up to large, beautiful whole leaves, and produce a very sweet, very refreshing tea, with slight hints of roasted green beans. A wonderful experience for the price – most definitely will buy more.
A tea to relax with at the end of a busy tea, whilst basking in the setting sun’s rays.