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I received this is this month’s Hapa-tite tea swap from my paired swap-buddy KittyLovesTea thanks Kayleigh! I actually received the package probably a week ago, and have tried several of the teas included but have been too busy to review any. I also have to send mine off (sorry, Kayleigh) which should be done today. I mentioned in my last post that life is kinda hectic at the moment, and annoyingly it still is. I have to write 2000 words by Monday, and then another 2000 by the next day, as I totally forgot I’m going away for a week and won’t be back until the essay deadline! So yeah, panic mode. I’m making a little time to write this up, though, because A) I wanted to thank Kayleigh for my package (which was totally amazing – so many wishlist teas I can now tick off!! Thank you!!) and B) as it was a sipdown which I actually had yesterday, and I don’t want to leave it so long I forget what it was like.
When opening the package, this really intrigued me, as I’ve never seen anything like it before. For some reason I had it in my head that it would be sort of sour, or salty almost, so I decided to have it as my wake-up tea. This turned out to be a complete misjudgement, as the tea is in fact thick, with a little touch of sweetness, and very very buttery. A little too rich for my not-quite-awake-yet stomach, but my tastebuds sure did appreciate it. The dry mix smells sweet, which should have been my first clue, and the liquor, which I expected to come out a dark brown (I seriously have no idea where I got any of this from) actually came out at a creamy light browny yellow – pretty much like a standard British cuppa with a lot of milk added. I drank this plain, and it was sweet enough as is to not need sugar, and so thick that I think adding milk to it would be as bizarre a thing to do as adding it to a green tea.
Other than what I’ve already said, I can’t seem to find the words to explain the taste. It is so very unlike anything I’ve had before that the only thing which I can find to say is that it’s buttery, which goes without saying! The other flavours and notes are new to me, and I am very glad to have had the chance to try such an unusual yet tasty tea. Who knows – perhaps at some point in time I may find myself purchasing some of this. If I came across it in a shop, I would definitely be more likely to pick some up now I know what it’s like.
A very enjoyable, if surprising, cup. Thanks again, KittyLovesTea!
I’m drinking this at work tonight (trying to balance drinking older teas and samples, this one fits both categories). This is a tea that I received from KittyLovesTea eons ago. I have drank it before, and am a little surprised that I don’t have any tasting notes on it.
This is a really nice, light, bright, sheng with just a hint of citrus notes. It has all the usual earthiness of pu’erh, but it’s not as “sharp” as some shengs can be. I’m enjoying it tonight.
Thank you KittyLovesTea for sharing this interesting pu’erh with me.
Thank you Dag Wedin for this tea from the EU travelling tea box round one. It shall be my morning tea, as I have the day off due to everyone at my work being ill I’m going to be using my Gaiwan all day and treat myself to some of my favourite teas. Natural teas will always be favoured over flavoured blends in my house.
I shall be following this table:
Water : 3oz / 85ml – 176℉ / 80℃
Use 3 Grams Tea
4 steeps : rinse,20s,40s,80s,120s
Rinsing time is around 5 seconds
The leaves are a nice medium green colour and are very reflective and shiny. Averaging a rough estimate of 4-5mm long these needles/points are nice and crisp to the touch. They have a beautiful sweet grass scent with some perfume present.
Steep One – 20 seconds
Pale yellow colour with gentle sweet grass scent. Flavour is light and buttery with sweet grass and flower notes and a touch of dry perfume in the after taste.
Steep Two – 40 Seconds
The sweetness has increased and is now heavily floral. The butter is still present as is the perfume. Reminds me of orchid or lily.
Steep Three – 80 Seconds
Not as sweet this time but still floral and with a touch of astringency. Rather dry and perfumed now but still mild overall.
Steep Four – 120 Seconds
Very light, even more so than the first steep. The only thing that remains is a gentle sweet lily that lingers nicely in the after taste.
I will admit that while I adore green tea Long Jing just isn’t one of my favourites, it’s either too dry and perfumed or too astringent for my taste. Luckily this Long Jing really is nonpareil and it made for a very nice tea this morning. Sweet and floral throughout with only a little astringency and dryness to speak of. Definitely something I will be happy to drink more of.
Read one of Terri:s reviews of a roasty oolong a while back and i´ve been itching for some wuyi gong -fu. Tonight i wathced the final episode of “How i met your mother”, it was… wait for it…. Legendary ;)
To accompany the show i brought out the wuyi heavy artillery and I was not dissapointed.
6g (half-full pot)120ml yixing pot, water from tetsubin.
20s +15 per steeping. clear roasty notes, but it doesnt take over there is some flowery notes as well. Very well balanced! And strong, the last steep i forgot and oversteeped by two minutes. This session got me teadrunk… :)
7g / 120ml Yixing pot.
wash/25s/+15 per steeping.
Clear wuyi oolong taste. Somewhat like da hong pao but a little less intense, milder with more of a floral note. But still it is highly oxidized. Lighter roast.
Nice but VERY expensive. I will stick to da hong pao i think.
This tea looks great, entire leves with greenish color and a lot of beautiful white tips. Is a very mild puerh whith sweet aftertaste. Indeed is very atipical, is more a green tea, similar to a Pai mu tan than a puerh. Also has a low “qui” but is pleasant. With almost boiling water I saw better results than with 90°C.
This is a superb white tea. The aroma is intoxicating!
First brew yields a delicately sweet and vegetal liquor, that has a grainy/rice like overtone. Subsequent brews lose the graininess but remain sweet and grassy, and so so delicate and smooth. Later brews can become astringent, but never bitter.
6g / 90ml celadon gaiwan.
My habit is going strong. watched some breaking bad tonight and of course i choose a nice sipdown of this nice sheng.
today i did some stronger infusions.
This produced a very potent brew. And i experienced my first “tea drunk” i got all giddy and excited. Like after a couple of glases of wine. Im pretty sure it´ll be hard to sleep tonight…. :)
Anyways, this tea really started to shine when brewed stronger. To bad itss all gone. :(
6g / 90ml Celadon gaiwan.
A decent sheng with very little astringency. first steeping was almost buttery. Usual sheng taste (woody/earthy). But slightly mild. I actually forgot my steeping for 3 minutes and the result was only a slight bite. Simply diluted it with some hot water.
I almost always seem to drink sheng when watching series. :)
I’ve taken 6gr, 6 brewings:
35’’, 30’’, 45’’, 1’, 1’30, 3’
The water has to be really hot, otherwise the tea stays completely blank with no taste.
Although the scent in the aroma cup was very weak, the taste is good. At first it seemed very weak, and then developed a flowery/fruity taste in the throat. It’s not the best Ben Shan oolong I’ve tried (too weak for my taste) but at this price it’s very interesting.
I’ve also tried to brew it in a big teapot (sometimes with weak tea it’s better to have everything in the same cup :-) : it’s great for an everyday tea.
I received my new Pu Erh bowl from Dragon Tea House today (no Sunday shipping, it arrived yesterday at my parents address and they came by today). It’s so beautiful! http://www.dragonteahouse.biz/lotus-fish-handpainted-porcelain-teacup-110ml-3-7oz.html
I haven’t been able to walk for more than 5 minutes now for 9 days and have gone a little mad with internet shopping to make up for it. Why is my back out? Truth be told I believe it to be a bad water infection, that’s what the hospital said it was two years ago when I visited. So I suppose I will just ride it out and keep my fluids up.
This tea was part of my previous Dragon Tea House order but I haven’t got around to sampling it until today. It says this is made using wild leaves, that just sounds magical. Imagine living local and being able to pick them up for yourself to prepare for your family. :)
In colour this is dark brown and light brown mixed with some golden shimmery pieces. It almost looks like it’s glowing… There are some stems/sticks in the compressed cake piece too.
It has a strong, dark, soil scent with a hint of lightly smoked wood. A little stronger and darker than I expected of a raw Pu Erh.
Using my Gongfu teapot which holds 8oz/220ml ish it is recommended to use 10g of tea. My husband has beer tonight so the full amount is not needed, instead I shall only half fill my Gongfu which quite nicely fills my new Pu Erh bowl and use 5g of tea per 110ml. This shall be done across 5 steeps with boiling water.
Steep One – 30 seconds – Once steeped this tea is light golden brown in colour and has a strong, damp and muddy wooden aroma. Like a forest after torrential rain. The taste is much subtler than it’s scent. It has a gentle musky quality mixed with smoky earth and a touch of sweetness.
Steep Two – 1 Minute – Golden in colour now. It’s sweetness has been increased slightly and it has more of a wooden feel about it. Still on the musky side and very subtle with both soil and smoke still being present.
Side Note – The Pu Erh itself has dramatically lightened in colour after the first two steeps. It’s now a mixture of green, dark green and brown leaves.
Steep Three – 2 Minutes – The musky quality has grown to match its sweetness which gives this a more leathery effect in comparison to the previous steeps. Being vegetarian it’s strange to say something is leathery and mean it in a positive way but there is just no other way of explaining it. Roughly double the strength of the previous steep but it’s still light and very easy to drink.
Steep Four – 3 minutes – Not as strong, musky, smoky or sweet now but it is certainly more wooden. Perhaps also a touch floral in a dark sort of way. Still on the leathery side.
Steep Five – 4 Minutes – Back to it’s original steeps light colour. All that is left is a mellow, sweet, wooden hue that has a faint hint of musk in the after taste.
Overall – It’s a nice Pu Erh that was pleasing throughout but I must admit that it just doesn’t feel like a raw Pu Erh. I’m not saying it tasted ripe either but rather something in the middle of both which I cannot recall experiencing before.
It’s scent offered a strong tea but it’s flavour gave you a range of sensations which was enough to please just about any tea drinker.
I have roughly 25g left of which I will be able to drink with ease and much delight. Would I buy this again? Definitely.
This was from the generous Dexter3657, who has sent many pu’erh samples, this being of them…I thank you so very much!!
This one falls on the lighter side of pu’erh. From the name I kin of expected that it would brew to a lighter colour…deep golden colour.
The taste is lighter as well. There is light earthy quality that puts to mind the ravine and trails that beast and I traverse. The tea is a little woodsy…but not overpowering. It is a pleasing outdoorsy taste.
I usually add creamer to the darker pu’erhs, but it is not required in this case. This one I did straight up. This sample will have me looking at more raw pu’erhs…thank you Dexter for introducing me to a variety of pu’erhs!
I am currently on steep 2, and I anticipate several more steepings.
The brewed colour is now deeper, as is the taste. Earthy clay-like taste, but still pleasing.
I so love pu’erhs.
You know those photos of pretty bohemian looking girls walking through cornfields, or poppy fields, or…well, walking through fields. They may possibly have a floppy hat on, invariably a white flowy cotton dress. There is almost certainly a bit of lens flare, and it’s faded so it looks like a photo that got left on a windowsill back in about 1968 and sat there until someone found it yesterday?
This tastes like that.
Thanks to Kittylovestea for swapping with me :)
言巴相差 in YiXing GaiWan, 1st at 30sec I’m tasting a very vegetal and fresh gua, little bit of green tea taste showing up already. 2nd 1:00 my favorite steep so far lots of freshness and extreme melon even melon seeds taste, freshly roasted cha ye dan.
3rd 50 secs it’s lively I think I have both the pan fried and the melon in perfect harmony, i’d save some room for desert by drinking this leaf and I might just have one more desert, namely this liu an melon slice.
I have a couple of different gaiwans around now. The one I use most often actually has fairly thick clay walls and a glazed interior. I love it because it holds heat in relatively well, and that heat is pretty important to bringing out some of the flavors in many of the teas I drink. But I also have a couple of very thin-walled porcelain gaiwans, elaborately decorated with pretty images. But I rarely use them, because they let heat escape so quickly that they’re better suited to the more delicate teas with low brew temperatures.
Usually I pick the tea out first, then select the appropriate brewing vessel, but today I just really wanted to use my little bird-and-flower printed gaiwan covered in mysterious Chinese characters that I imagine translate to, “Aiko, you drink too much tea.” So that narrowed my selection a lot, and I eventually settled on this Chinese green with cute mythology. I love teas with stories behind them.
I have a weird love/hate relationship with Chinese greens. I love their range of flavors, but on occasion, certain kinds make me sick to my stomach, for no known reason. It doesn’t seem to be a pesticide or quality thing, because I’ve had the same reaction to organic and high-quality tea in the past. Perhaps it is a matter of processing or something. But the strange reaction seems to be exclusive to Chinese greens— I’ve never had it happen with other teas.
Luckily, this tea does not make me sick. It has a very light, crisp flavor, of snow peas, I think. It’s a little one-note, but it’s a pleasant note. The leaves are of widely varying quality— some are tiny buds, some are broken pieces of older leaves. Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be much longevity in this tea; only five or so gongfu steepings in, it is little more than slightly astringent water. Oh well. It was very nice while it lasted.
(What is with my tea reviews lately; they’re like three paragraphs of backstory and then one regarding the actual tea)