98

I decided to pick this tea up on a whim while I was in the store last week. They had this prepared as a sample, and I was really delighted by the sample. Honestly as much as I enjoyed the sample I had no idea how fun this tea would be to prepare at home. I put about 4g of tea in my gaiwan and for this particular tasting I used a lower temp water around 175 degrees. For the first steep I went with 20 seconds and added about 10 seconds per subsequent infusion. The first few infusions the smoky flavor was the most obvious note, but later infusions were more mild and surprisingly sweet. There was even an almost floral purfumey taste coming out that almost reminds me of an oolong. I’m currently on the eighth infusion and I could definitely get a few more. I’m really glad I decided to pick this up!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Garret

Thank you for writing up your thoughts on this tea, my friend! I just secured this years crop of the same mao cha from the same farm. I’m excited about that. Also… you may be interested sometime in trying out the pu’er that I had pressed from this very same leaf, the Wild Monk cake. While the mao cha is great for 4 or 5 years, the pu’er will keep getting more flavor over the years.

I’m so glad that you stopped into the shop last week. Thank you!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

People who liked this

Comments

Garret

Thank you for writing up your thoughts on this tea, my friend! I just secured this years crop of the same mao cha from the same farm. I’m excited about that. Also… you may be interested sometime in trying out the pu’er that I had pressed from this very same leaf, the Wild Monk cake. While the mao cha is great for 4 or 5 years, the pu’er will keep getting more flavor over the years.

I’m so glad that you stopped into the shop last week. Thank you!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

I’ve loved tea for as long as I can remember, but I discovered loose leaf tea about six years ago while in college. I get a little weak in the knees over greener oolongs and Japanese greens, and recently I’ve really started to understand what people are talking about when they say they love pu’er!

Location

Rochester, Minnesota, United States

Following These People