446 Tasting Notes
I have LOADS of this tea in my cupboard and still trying to find the perfect brewing for it (I’m getting closer).
I know bamboo charcoal will change the PH of the water and bring out the honey notes in this tea. I bought some bamboo charcoal from Yunnan Sourcing just for that but haven’t tried it yet. I’ve been currently using a Brita filter because Hubby changed the filters for our kitchen tap and the water tasted worse than before! After much tracking down of what was affecting all my teas it turns out he had used a filter that ADDED a taste to water. I asked him why on earth would you want to add a taste to water??? It’s supposed to be tasteless. Well, he promised to change it and I know what that meant: could be weeks or months. So I got out a Brita filter and started filtering my water.
I was thinking today of this tea today and thought I would give it a try with the water from the Brita filter. It’s charcoal so wouldn’t the Dan Cong taste better? Well, it actually did! I brewed it gongfu and the first infusion was a bit honey and floral. After that it just settled for a plain roasted taste that never changed for each infusion. This website says to filter with a Brita filter AND boil the water with bamboo charcoal. I think I will give that try. AT least this tea is not spoiling by sitting in my cabinet so long. It’s just supposed to get better with age.
This is a sample from Christina. Thanks Christina for the sample! I really enjoyed this tea this morning brewed gong fu. I am finding my list I printed out for doing gong fu really isn’t that good. It’s what everyone says. Just go by the feel. Their recommendation for first infusion is about 6-8 sec. That’s way too short for this green tea so I left it until it had a little colour.
This tea reminds me of an Anji Bai Cha. The leaves look the same – long and straight. This tea also borders between a Japanese and Chinese tea. It has that sweet snap pea aroma (smells soooo good) you find in Japanese teas. It’s also in the taste but this brews up very light. A pale pale yellow. The snap pea taste hits the tongue followed by a light buttery/chestnut taste. These are the things I love about Anji Bai Cha only some of the Anji Bai Cha’s I’ve had have been stronger than this tea. This is a very delicate tea and very tasty!
Flavors: Butter, Chestnut, Peas
This was a tea Christina generously sent to me. I have today off from work so could take my time learning how to brew this one. It’s not my first time having this type of tea and I’ve liked it in the past but find it a bit expensive compared to other teas.
Of course who couldn’t love the dry leaves of this type of tea. So flat & big and they smelled so fresh. I found Teasenz video on how to brew and followed their directions:
Here’s my cup:
Okay, so I brew it in a cup but do I drink it in a cup? Doesn’t the leaves get over steeped? I gather I’m not supposed to drink from the cup since I time it two minutes so I transferred it to a pouring pitcher but it’s a messy business pouring from a cup.
It’s a beautiful light tea with green bean notes. It seems to have a bit of floral edge to it too. I don’t get much chestnut or buttery notes from this tea which is common in many Chinese greens. That makes this tea quite different and special. In the past I considered this tea too expensive but look at how much work goes into making it. I watched this video from Teavivre while drinking this tea:
I can really appreciate now this is a great tea to keep in stock for when I’m in the mood for something different and fancy. Thanks Christina for the sample.
Flavors: Floral, Green Beans
Brewed this one up this morning western style.
I smelled the dry leaves from the bag and they smelled really good & fresh but for the life of me I can’t seem to put into words how it smelled. Maybe a deep mossy green?
It’s got a slight sweetness with a dry finish. There’s a slight astringency which I don’t mind. I mostly prefer the smooth greens with no astringency but once in awhile it’s nice to have something different. In spite of how it smelled dry I didn’t get much of the dark green mossy taste to it.
Overall , there was nothing about this tea that stood out as amazing but it was still a good green tea.
Flavors: Astringent, Sweet
This tea had disappeared in the back of my tea cupboard. I had noticed it on my excel report so found it and pulled it out. Yes, this tea is still as good as when I first reviewed it. The only white tea I get chocolate notes from. It had me checking out The Finest Brew website just to see if this tea is still there. Sadly , no. And double sad, it looks like they had a sale and sold out of almost everthing. I didn’t even know about the sale. I signed up for their newletter so I can keep up to date for my favourite teas.