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I have to agree with Zeks that this tea smells and tastes like Cognac, but without any of the bite. It is smooth and creamy- much lighter than the black teas that I tend to enjoy, but I love this one just the same. This is great brewed both Western and gongfu style.
Definitely better when made in gaiwan.
I suppose I just don’t like keemuns… it’s physically painful to throw out the leaves before they are spent, but I want something nice and I don’t want to waste a morning on a tea I don’t like all that much…
Ok, what smells like alcohol, tastes like alcohol but has no alcohol? Right – this tea :) I have no idea how is it even possible but its smell contains cognak’ish notes and the same can be said about the taste :) I like it though.
Really, what a fun tea. Looks like a bunch of bird’s feathers when dry, kinda tomboyish when brewed. As in – you sip a little, nothing special, you gulp and only after the tea is down there is when you actually have the taste explosion in your mouth :)
Wonderfull, strong aroma, indeed similar to gardenia flowers.
Incredible, simply incredible. This a sweet type dancong and ultimately so. The leaves do not have a really strong smell when dry, but add some hot water and… OH GOD O_O. The sheer sweetness of the fragrance of this tea alone would’ve made it one of my favourites but it also has a taste to match. And it tastes pretty much what you expect it to be – sweet :) Actually – “tender sweetness” is how I can describe it. Really really really really…. REALLY tasty :)
The only real problem with this tea is that after 4-5 infusions the taste weakens too much (though it is still nice) and from heavenly becomes simply really good. :)
Recently I am all “less water!” with my teas so decided to brew this with minimum amount(just cover the leaves). What can I say – first 3-4 cups are simply heavenly :)
P.S. Best to wait till the tea cools a bit, tastes much yummier this way.
Interesting. This time I decided to test the limits I can push the leaves to. Somewhere around 10th brewing now and I register something not unlike Hypericum’s extract. it seems like this taste only becomes noticeable at later brewings and to feel it you need to taste the liquid with the very back of your mouth, almost at the throat.
Not particularly impressed by this one. Especially after perfect Da Wu Ye treat I had yesterday. I will not rate it just yet, to experiment with quantities and brewing a bit more, but so far it only has one strong point – its aroma. Others I find lacking…
Upd: nope, not my cup of tea indeed. More leaves – failed, lower temperature – failed, different steeping time – failed… :( Not that it is bad, but I don’t feel the desire to drink more, like with some other teas…
To be honest I dont really understand what seller means by “sweetness” when describing this tea. It is slightly more on the bitter side as far as I can tell. That aside, it is a really great tea.
Of the Dan Congs I tried – Da Wu Ye has the most floral taste. Its taste and smell reminds me of when I was a kid and chewed various leaves just for fun. The floral leaf notes are VERY vivid in this one and I find this taste much to my liking. This tea is very refreshing and, as I noticed, tends to clear my head and make the world feel a little sharer and brighter :)
To get the best results I use just enough water to cover the tea in the mug then after 20+ seconds pour the liquid into another one.
Quite nice. This is the first Shen puer I drink (I have been drinking shens only for 2 years cause I didn’t even know shu existed) and I can say I quite like it. The cake has a rich, strong fruity smell . Breaking it into smaller chunks to brew tea is not that hard even without any instruments and tea starts to give it all it’s got nearly from the very beginning.
The taste stronly reminds me of prunes and persists for at least 8 brewings. I can imagine that one can quickly get tired of this tea if drinking nothing else, but as I usually have 5-6 variaties in my cupboard I don’t think this will ever present a problem :)
Only had a sample of this so far, but when my order comes (300g of it) I think I will get properly addicted on that tea :)
Yue Guang Bai is unlike any other white tea I have ever tried. Its taste is really hard to describe mailly because for the first few steeps it is registered by totally wrong taste buds I never knew existed O_O. Meaning – the usual places on your tongue will not react to this tea at all but then the back of your throat registers sweetness and some taste that is not really a taste :) Very confusing to describe but feels really nice when drunk.
The best steeps for me were 3-4-5-6. It seems like it needs some time to really start giving what it’s got into the water. The first one – barely registers on the back of your throat, then each subsequent will develop the sweetness and taste. Oddly enough – each subsequent one has darker color. :)
Overall – a very nice tea that I suppose I will consume in unreasonable quantities. Rather cheap too :)
My least favourite Dan Cong from JK Tea Shop (you’d never guess judging on its price). Sometimes it is said, that a tea “has a kick to it”. This one not only has a kick, but jumps and kicks you in your face. Imho, the taste is way too agressive and more bitter than floral. Or maybe I am not brewing it right…
I bought this tea last year, and just recently received this year’s harvest too; and i have to say this tea never fails to impress me. It is mellow, sweet, smooth, and the flavor lasts through many infusions, 10+. You can tell it is definitely a white tea that has been used, not a pouchong, and it doesnt taste like any artificial perfumes or flavors have been used.
I brewed this in a 4 oz ceramic houhin and used about 10 balls filling the houhin only halfway with water. I started out with water that was 175 and did a 1 minute steep rinse…then a one minute first steep, upping the time in 30-45 second increments each subsequent steep, only upping the temp in 5 degree increments when the brew starts tasting lighter than the last.
It’s just a beautiful tea with a very noticeable, yet not overpowering jasmine scent and flavor…after about the 7th steep for me the jasmine flavor starts to dissipate and whats left is just the smooth, sweet brew of the leaves themselves. If brewed right the tea soup never develops a color…it stays clear and colorless.
I enjoyed this year’s harvest more so than last year’s. It’s sweeter and less astringent.