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On Sunday, after brewing the Countess of Seville, I decided to brew the Jasmine Pearls. The jasmine scent os prevalent and the water clour is a light green/white.
The flavour is light and delicate, yet strong and caressing taste. The taste is very pure.
I’m still trying to wrap my head around all the different kinds of Long Jing. This is my frist time (knowingly) trying Shi Feng. The leaves are very very flat and consistant dry. Beautiful to look at wet. They are very whole with minimal torn or broken pieces.
I’d say it’s lighter and crisper tasting with a milder aroma then other Long Jings I’ve had, such as Peet’s. The color is pale gold.
It’s very refreshing and really satisfies my Long Jing craving. I’d go as far as saying it’s the best Long Jing I’ve had, although I’d like to do a side-by-side tasting someday to prove that.
Received my package this morning containing the pu-erh and Okakura Kakuzō book of tea which was a good thing with a temp of -42 Celsius with the wind a tea and a book was in order to unfreeze me.
Don’t know much ( for not saying nothing at all ) about Pu-erh but for some reason i keep getting the impulsion to try them. Did choose that one totally randomly liked the name or the picture i don’t really remember. Always found that most Pu’erh smell like stable but not in a bad way a aroma more like horse and fesh hay ( maybe i’m just weird ).
no instruction was giving to make it gongfu style so i kinda have to improvised on that one but that part of the fun of tea to try new thing to taste it.
I did the first steep 15 second that was noway enough time the tea as a beautiful color but nearly no taste
Second steep was 30 second the tea is way more dark now nearly as dark as coffee little earthly taste with lot of astringency ( but really a lot )
try the third at 30 second also the taste and the felling was much like the second steep
since they suggest 4-5 minute steep in a western steeping style ( that the way i will do it next time ) i did the last steep at 45 second no more astringency this time but still just a hint of earthly taste i may did something wrong i will make my next tasting according to the instruction they give to me to compare the taste of the two method but for now my head is way to light to read my book or drink more tea
Another Solid Wulong from Camellia Sinesis. Complex, fresh, on the green side. Coconut oil aroma. Full flavored and thick mouthfeel. I really like this tea lot. I did rank the 2012 Dong Ding Mr Chang a bit higher.
This is up there as one of the best Oolongs I’ve tried. Very floral.
I had some of this divine drink yesterday :) It was so soothing and relaxing to lay down and read while drinking this tea. I really love the feeling I get from drinking this tea.
So I tried this tea New Years eve at a cafe. I have been dying to try this tea company for a while so I was glad that this cafe carries it. I decided to go with the dragon pearls to see how it tastes. I loved it. I got worried at first because it didn’t color as it steeped. But when I tried it, it was like sipping heaven. I just adored it. I love this tea so much that I bought a little tin of it. Cannot wait to go home and brew this. Happy Belated New Year :)
I had a great New Year’s Eve with my friends last night. It’s when we do our Secret Santa style gift exchange. I have awesome friends who gave me awesome gifts. We stayed up way too late. So I’m still groggy right now, but I did manage to haul myself out of bed at around 11am and started using my awesome gifts. :) Feta and olive waffles on my new waffle iron! Yay! Husband was simultaneously please and disappointed because they were tasty but not meant for maple syrup. haha What can I say? I prefer a savory breakfast.
So after my tasty waffles, I got pretty thirsty and started thinking about what tea to drink. I got a sample of this from TeaEqualsBliss, like, forever ago, and I was in the mood for a green oolong. So here we go!
I love the floral hit in the first steep of pretty much every green oolong. Then in the after taste, you can start appreciating the other flavors. I’m getting apple skin and peach. Lovely creamy texture. I’m also getting the coconutty milkiness other people are talking about. I’ve never had a green oolong with the particular natural flavor.
Steep two was like cooked buttered greens. Still floral. Such a nice oolong! Judging from Tea’s notes, I’d say this oolong is at least 2 years old. It’s aging quite well! I can only imagine how it must have tasted when fresh. :)
Thank you for allowing me to try this!
Also, Happy New Year to all!
I was recommeded this ‘shou’ last time I went to their store. So far, I’m enjoying this.
I easily got 6 great steeps out of it in my yixing, steep times ranging from 15 seconds to 40 seconds for the last one. I’m sure you could get more out of it.
It has an earthy smell, as you’d expect, with a tiny hint of green (ish) tea. I get the same ‘hint’ in taste as well: It’s surprisingly refreshing, and sweet. This ‘fresh’ sensation will stay for a few minutes.
It’s been awfully cold and rainy lately. We even had our first snowfall (~2cm) a few days ago. Winter is coming as they say in Game of Thrones. I don’t remember having snow that early, it’s not even Halloween yet. It’s alright, this tea provides me the warmth I need to get through winter.
A friend ordered several ceramic storage vessels and two yixing (one of which was the one she gave to me) from Camellia Sinensis and they included a sample of this tea with her order.
I am out of practice with Chinese green teas…
The cup was pale yellow and had a gentle roasted note amongst all the fresh, green flavors. None of the deep, bass note green flavors one finds in a shaded tea or a dragon well, but gentle, sunny meadow flavors.
It is, I think, sadly, the wrong time of year, even in Houston, for this kind of cup. I could see this being a fantastic way to wake up in Spring, however, which is when this tea is first harvested.
Backlog: Yesterday afternoon, my Matcha was this Matcha… I had just enough left for one chawan and it was a delicious way to say goodbye to this yummy Matcha. Here is my full-length review for it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2011/05/02/matcha-sendo-from-camellia-sinensis-2/
I am working my way through this leaf much faster than I intended, but I am enjoying it so much I simply cannot help but keep drinking it.
If I have any complaint it is that it gives up far too few steeps. Despite my yixing’s young age, with each day’s use my other teas provide more and more steeps with each round, and yet this leaf still struggles to make a full ten — let alone reach for fifteen or more as great pu-erh often does.
I can’t help but wonder if such old leaf requires an old yixing to support it.
I suspect I need to content myself with younger leaf until my pot has become venerable enough to be worthy of such a tea as this.
At least it will be easier on the wallet in the meantime…
Almost forgot to log this one – see previous notes – but this time around – I still really LOVE this – but have had many more matcha since and knocked just a few points off because there are many that have reached or passed this one in taste – according to my personal taste buds, anyways…but this is still among my fave’s…just not a 100 anymore…still high 90s!
I had a full session of steepings with this tea yesterday, and I’m beginning another of them now.
The sweet, chocolate of the dry leaf is a shock and pleasant surprise every time I open the tin.
Even more surprising is how this sweet leaf instantly transforms into a musty, loamy, verdant forest floor as soon as it hydrates. My yixing right now smells like Dogtown Wood (outside Gloucester) Massachusetts in early November.
No surprise then that the cup itself mystically fuses the two. Porcini ravioli followed by cannoli with chocolate shavings. A walk through wet Autumnal leaves with a mug of cocoa. Debussy on a cloudy day.
I feel like I have finally made it “to the big time”. I’m drinking 20 year aged shu from a proper yixing.
The dry leaf smells of cocoa and applewood smoke and old leather.
The wet leaf smells of cavern water.
The liqueur is a roller coaster ride of sweetness, camphor, cave walls and bonfire. The mouthfeel is relentless and lingers for minutes after each sip.
The dry leaf here smells of cherries and chocolate (not cacao or cocoa, but chocolate).
The wet leaf smells of roasted potato skins and corn husks.
The cup is… thick and buttery with flavors of flan and oak.
The more of these teas I drink, the less I want to drink anything else.
(Gaiwan to gaiwan technique, generous leaf, instantaneous steep times)
After many steepings, the granite and aged protein give way to… not a sweetness, but something more gentle. The dust and stones are shaken off and the full, bright, soft color of the big, red robe shines through.
Second steeping: This one’s a bit thin on flavor, probably because the leaf got cold while I was having my Mini serviced and throwing 21 links of disc golf. And yet, the mouth feel is enormous.
Third steeping: This is more like it. Deep umber color. In a funny way, this is (perhaps not unexpectedly) the exact opposite of the pre-chingming da hong pao I was getting from Upton just a few months ago. That was light and floral, this is dark and earthy. Quite literally. This tastes like wet granite and venison hard tack.
This is a cold weather tea. By which I don’t mean Winter in Houston. Perhaps I will pack this into an unlaquered bamboo canister for more aging and save it either to gift to a Northern friend or for the next time I visit my parents.
Aged da hong pao?!?!
Had to try this.
The dry leaf smells like dehydrated apples.
The wet leaf is all wuyi oolong roasted notes.
(Steeping notes: gaiwan to gaiwan instantaneous steepings, generous leaf, off the boil water.)
First steep: I just woke up, and have to rush out the door, but couldn’t wait any longer, after staring at this box all yesterday afternoon (but having already begun that session with the last of the quhao which lasted all day). I confess I can’t actually taste much of anything at the moment. But that’s my body, not this tea. So I’ll edit this note with later steepings… later. For now I can say that this is not simply da hong pao. There’s a bitterness, a dryness, a mineral quality you don’t find in this season’s leaf.
More later when my mouth and sinuses are awake.
the one and only Bai Mu Dan. By far one of my favourite teas
I visited the Camellia Sinensis store a few months ago, and while I was waiting the clerk made a pot of this for my group. I bought a large bag on the spot and it has been my goto tea since then. Light, airy, and above all fresh tasting.