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Smooth, round flavor. Sweet, dark. This tea has a very yin quality. Rosey color. So, even though this is a shu cha, it is one of the few I’ve had that approach the character of a sheng cha. It’s not quite as musty/muddy as other shu cha. I don’t know if it is because it has aged for 11 years.
The front end of this tea is so sweet. It’s not like agave nectar or honey though. More like magnolia nectar, if there is such a thing. Also, peaches. The body is so milky and smooth and full-flavored. A mild, round vegetal finish.
I have to say that I don’t think Americans often have the opportunity to drink tea like this. I just feel lucky and honored to have this opportunity. Thanks Josh!
I discovered Steepster randomly while trying to find reviews of this tea to share with a Tweet I felt I had to do because this is just too darn good, so I didn’t capture the preparation details. I can tell you I’m on the 3rd steeping and left the leaves in for quite a while and yet there’s nary a hint of tannins. The aroma is still remarkable. Not quite jasmine, but certainly some tropical flower. Taste is certainly green but not grassy. Artichoke sounds close, but a sweetness lingers. Green oolongs are among my favorites, and this is spectacular this ranks quite high.
This one is different than other High Mountain green oolongs I’ve had. First of all, the flavor just keeps going, brew after brew. I get this peachy taste, like the hint of the ripest peach I’ve ever had, or even canned peach (but in a good way). The floral notes also give me a jolt every time I take a sip. Delicious! Truly amazing.
This traditionally roasted Iron Goddess is really nice. There are a few tricks to get it just right. After heating my gaiwan really hot, I put the tea leaves in it and shake it. Then I pour boiling water on it for just 15 seconds. Then I get a nice roastiness with a subtle sweetness that is perfect for a dark winter night.
I really like this tea. It is popular among my friends too. I find that I have better luck steeping it at 195 F rather than just off boiling. The first steeping has that really nice sweet, fruity highlight that reminds me of agave nectar. The second steeping has an earthier flavor. And the later steepings seem light and breezy. It really has the energy of spring – sweet, light, and breezy.