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Did a light drinking of this puppy. Trying to keep myself up, and I wanted a tea to settle my stomach, which is still a bit a blahhh from the Jack D’s. Strong stuff. I skipped my 8AM class this morning. Gonna crash on the couch after this review.
So, I made it in a gaiwan. Didn’t bother with a cup, just drank straight from the vessel. A pretty simple time – just had my gaiwan, a small draining tray, and a woonsan (Korean tea cooling bowl). I guess that’s somewhat elaborate, actually… For me, I guess it’s really a middle ground for me, seeing as I usually either go all out Gong Fu, or I just drop leaves in the cup, and drink my tea that way.
On that note, quickly, and the one before it, I saw the cup I used last night to make the crappy TKY. I didn’t clean it out. The leaves are in there, all unfurled… It looked gross, and made me feel gross. I love the look of open tea leaves, but knowing how bad they taste… and just how bad they look.. They look bad. Ew.
Onto the tea – It’s good this way. I think I preferred it more when I was actually steeping it for specific amounts of time, and paying more attention to water temp. The tea from the bottom of each infusion, though, was really strong and unpleasant – but I guess that’s to be expected. I think this manner of drinking suits oolongs best… i love oversteeped oolong.
I’m rambling. I want Chinese food, really bad. I’ll get some after my nap.
Tea left my mouth kind of dry. It’s not a special tea, but it’s worth brewing properly. Nice smell on the lid of my gaiwan. The brewed leaves aren’t absolutely gorgeous, but oh well.
Tea time has passed. It’s couch nap time.
Part of the green savant sampler. Was very excited when my teas got delivered today.
As TeaEqualsBliss pointed out, definitely a great tea for a beginner. Mild and smooth, and doesn’t lack at all that Chinese Green flavor. Very mellow, yes – but maybe a little bit too much. I had trouble picking out anything that would make this tea distinct or memorable.
As for the smell, the dry leaves have a pleasant fragrance, that would be suitable for scenting a room. Subtle, and even a bit fruity. That smell is misleading, though. One brewed, the leaves take on a scent similar to the taste – vegetal, but not unpleasant. Maybe I just like it because I spend too much time with tea…
Brewing wise, it has a lasting flavor. I got a good four infusions out of it before I took a break to record. Do note, though, that I was brewing it in a gaiwan, not a teapot. The open leaves fill about half the vessel, so my proportions are probably much different than that of what one would brew in a tetsubin or something.
The liquor was very light, and the brewed leaves are a bit bitter to eat, but somewhat delightful. Though the flavor is nothing to write home about, it is pleasant and elegant. Not a bad tea at all, especially for the price. Worth keeping around for times when you don’t want to just gulp down some tea, but you’re not in the mood for anything extravagant.
Probably something I’d buy more of in the future… if I remember it.
Today I’m getting hints of peach in the aroma (both of the leaves, and from the tea) as well as in the flavor. This is a very interesting tea, as it has a sweetness to it, but also a mossy/earthy flavor that balances that sweetness. The result is a complex flavor that unfolds with each sip, as well as while the tea cools. Good stuff!
This tea has a flowery sweetness upfront and a honey finish that is accented by just a touch of bitterness that lingers on your tongue. It’s not an especially aromatic tea, though the leaves do have a kind of woodsy, cinnamony smell to them that is pleasant but subtle.
Yet another sample that is now gone. This one is a perfect example of how I end up with tons of little bits of teas left… when they go away, they make me sad. Flavorful and smooth, it’s not got a heavy mouth feel or much thick feeling to it. I will miss it greatly. Must order.
Thanks to Lena for sharing some of this! I’ve had this before, but it was right when I first started drinking tea and I didn’t appreciated it so I’m glad to have a chance to try this again now that I like Yunnan.
Teance’s Yunnan Gold is the only Yunnan I’ve had recently but I think this one is a little better. It’s still smooth and tastes (what I think of as) peppery. But I think the overall taste of this one is richer than Teance’s version by a hair. I might break out some of the other stuff later today to test for sure.
i will be editing this post with my re-steep i plan on doing so stay tuned :) (i know i said i wouldn’t but check my gingerbread review and you will see why)
everything about this tea is amazing! b4 i head over to my parents tomarrow for our family christmas party i may try this shaken with ice! the smell of this tea alone is enough to get my mouth watering like crazy, only to realize it tastes almost the same as it smells!!
so im sitting here nursing some stitches and a bruised knuckle (darn snow shovel) and thought that strawberry would be perfect right now for the situation. i was right :) this tea never fails me if steeped right.
the color is a medium amber.
re-steeped this and surprisingly enough it isnt bad, i re-steeped for 10 mins and theres no bitterness but i can tell its not the same, it lost some of its strawberry flavor and gained an extra sweetness. i enjoy this. :) maybe ill get brave enough to do a 3rd sometime soon.
i love this tea! its just so relaxing and makes me feel like im drinking candy :) almost like a guilty pleasure. i tried it re-steeped…well it isnt bad, just not strong enough for me, it reminds me of watered down strawberry bath water, i drank it…i just dont plan on doing it again.
i over steeped this about 2 days ago and wow did i regret that! this is a very touchy tea 5 min steeping not a second longer or it will taste like your drinking bitter apple spray (its a training aid for pets you spray things you dont want them chewing on…unfortunately ive sprayed it in my face and know what it tastes like) but if you get it right WOW. this is a tea i keep coming back to over and over again!
time to get the travel mug set up and get ready for work!