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Dear tea gods, this is amazing!
Upon first pouring the water into my new Lu Yao gaiwan (!!) to rinse the leaves, the aroma was so powerful! Almost indescribably powerful! My face was at least two and a half feet away from the gaiwan and the aroma reached me and hit me so hard with awe.
Upon first sip, I literally exclaimed: “It’s so sweet!”
And the color is an absolutely brilliant red. :)
I’ve had a migraine all day… but this, brewing a wonderful new tea in my beautiful new gaiwan… I couldn’t wish for anything more right now.
This is probably the last cup of tea before I leave for work… And it’s a really good one. There’s so many complex notes to this oolong: grassy, VERY grassy, a bit flowery, earthy. And it seems to head into the citrusy notes area but then it abruptly stops. Perhaps later infusions will bring out more tartness? There’s also this wonderful aftertaste I cannot describe well. I do like it a lot… Unfortunately, more infusions will have to wait until after work!
New territory, white tea…….oooh. Brewed according to Yezi’s directions. Soft, gentle leaves which remind me of a birds nest in my cha he. Used 5g in 250 glass pot, steeped for 1 min. The leaves are now fuller but just as soft and fluffy as they were dry. The aroma to be was of a honey biscuit topped with geranium sugar. The flavor soft almost imperceptible, a slight hay flavor leading to a sweetness on the finish. Glad I chose this for later in the day, as my roasted TGY had started to fade and this brought out a contemplative tasting which I’ll need to repeat to get all the answers I think this tea is trying to convey.
Sweet and lightly grassy. A savory note hits mid-sip. A fresh, spring-time like taste to it, with it’s light, airy, green notes. Very crisp and pure.
Nice nutty background note.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/21/dragon-well-high-grade-long-jing-green-tea-yezi-tea/
I looked up steeping directions before doing this one and tried to follow them for a change – at least more closely than I normally do. :) At 15 seconds, this smells nice but doesn’t have much flavor at all. After another 15 seconds a light hay flavor develops. At 45 seconds, the hay is deeper and becomes mildly malty. It smells sweet. This is also moderately dusty. After the 45 second steep, it became slightly sour and dry. So I guess I get the bittersweet. :)
They say in the description that it is comparable to a Kung Fu black. I don’t know if Shang’s Bai Lin Kung Fu is the same thing as a Kung Fu, but I will say that I prefer Shang’s if that is the case – it is smoother. This is a good tea but it wouldn’t be my personal preference to turn to.
Unique. Not Scotchy, but unique. It’s certainly spent time over a fire. It’s smokier than I like. To me, this is like inhaling charcoal. As it cooled, it got even harsher. Glad I tried it, but wow, this one isn’t my thing at all. I can’t taste anything beyond the smoke. Of course, I may not have steeped this properly, either. Always room for that possibility. :)
Deliciously delicate and yet so full of flavor. I love teas like this, that have so much complexity … so many layers to explore.
Silky and creamy texture, slightly vegetative and sweet.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/03/wen-shan-pouchong-oolong-tea-yezi-tea/
Aroma: Straw, light woody smoke
Liquor Color: Light golden amber
Liquor Flavor: First steep was at 30 seconds. Flavor was light, tasted straw with a mild sweetness and light smoke aftertaste. Second steep, I accidentally left for 2 minutes, was a lot more complex, a bitterness came through along with the smokey taste. Really woody. Astringent.
Notes: This didn’t seem as intense as the other Puerh I tried. I’m guessing it wasn’t aged as much? Overall, it was a nice mellow tea. This reminded me of a mate beverage called Chimarrao that’s popular in Brazil.
I had a lovely visit with my friend last night, went for an excellent dinner, watched Disney movies and caught up on life :) I gave her a bunch of my teas to try and also helped her make a Steepster account, NerdLor :D all in all an excellent visit and hope I can see her more often this summer!
I had a cup of a new tea this morning but didn’t take any notes lol so I’ll save that one for later, this is the second cup of the day and man oh man, there are creamy chocolate notes and fruit today! Like actual cream in here, a honeyed type of cream..it just turned out wonderfully on this fine first day of summer! See previous notes!
My Yezi Tea order arrived last week, very impressed with how fast it got here! I’ve been wanting to try the yeas but I’ve been busy and harried for new teas. Finally got something sent out at work today, so I feel free (er) tonight!
So onto the tea! The reviews intrigued me, fruity, but similar to laoshan black? Had to try it! My 1 oz bag had a nice little keep-fresh pouch in it, never have gotten one of those in tea before haha. The dry leaves smell slightly malty and roasty. I steeped my davidstea perfect spoonful (prob 1.5 tsps) for 3 minutes. The resulting liquor.. Wow, it smells soooo good! Like laoshan black but maltier, toastier, and a slightly smoky scent. Actually, it kind of reminds me of the smoky hint in yu lu yan cha! Huzzah, very interesting aroma!
As fit the flavor…. wow. Talk about complex. So many things going on that are good! First off, a rich toasty malty black tea, rich, deep. It leads into a slightly smoky hint, but more like a toast smoke, or roast, nothing like lapsang. Then, this soft, almost creamy sweet aftertaste. Mild, but there. I can’t identify it for the life of me lol. It’s definitely a fruitiness, it also is somewhat in the middle of the sip… So intriguing! And so good. Most similar to yu lu yan cha to me, but with a sweetness, some fruit, not as robust and harsh (in contrasting the two, I still really like my yu lu haha).
Overall, very good. So many notes and goodness. Interesting enough and likeable enough I might reorder a bunch… :D, I’ll have more cups before deciding haha.
ETA – I get an earthiness a bit like sweet potato, but different from other blends. Maybe just earthy? Gah. This one’s a tough one to describe.. I just suggest trying it lol.
I’m sipping down the last of my samples from Yezi Tea
First steep(3 minutes): Rich aroma of damp forest. The flavor is more like old leather with undertones of chocolate and cedar. Very powerful, yet balanced and well integrated. Good finish.
The second steep was significantly less powerful, yet held all the same flavor components. It seemed more refined; almost like tasting a Bordeaux wine after a California Cabernet. I preferred the first steep, but only slightly.
This isn’t my favorite style of tea, but it was of such high quality that I enjoyed it a lot, so gave it a good score.
A really wonderful Jasmine pearl, one of the best Jasmine Pearl teas that I’ve tried. Very aromatic, but without tasting perfume-y. Delicious, exotic, and soothing.
No sharpness from the tea or the jasmine, just a soft, luxurious flavor. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/09/12/jasmine-pearls-mo-li-hua-green-tea-from-yezi-tea/
I like this one a lot. It’s similar to the Qing Pin tea from the same company. It’s very flavourful and not bitter at all. It has a cocoa smell but it doesn’t really taste like it. I prefer the Qing Pin over the Jin Pin just because I find the chocolate taste is stronger.