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so i already have my beloved ceramic Pristine 2-4 cup English teapot/teaball combo and my equally-beloved Teavana easy tea thingy, but i realized i really wanted to try this gong fu brewing style, what with my continued obsession with all things oolong (and interest in exploring puerhs, raw and ripe!). Enter the Glass “Easy Gaiwan” made for Gong Fu Tea Brewing * 200ml.
This thing is AWESOME! now, i have no way to compare it to other gaiwans, not having used/owned one ever before, but this one surely is a fun and delicious way to enjoy an afternoon (or few days’ worth) of tea. the glassness allows you to watch as your tea unfurls during steeps, the little “handles” plus the knob on the lid keep your fingers lovely and cool while you’re pouring the tea. my favorite bit is that the spout pours PERFECTLY, this is coming from someone who manages to spill any liquid that comes within 30 feet of me, so that’s saying something.
at any rate, this was an inexpensive little item, worth every penny, and even my little boy, who normally ignores mommy’s tea habit, watched me brewing with this and told me this little teapot is really cool. LOL!
get one, i totally recommend.
Recieved this in the mail today along with my new “easy gaiwan” from yunnan sourcing – soo excited to try out the gaiwan gongfu style brewing all this lazy afternoon!
first of all – YUM YUM YUM the first brewing of this tea is just amazing , buttery, vaguely ethereal, floral, and oolong-y! i’m loving the gaiwan method, it is soothing and calming. second brew, a little less of the floral, a LOT more vegetal, just chewy and delish. OOOOPS now it is getting late. saving this in fridge for further steeps tomorrow….
This tea is mildly astringent with a fairly strong roasted barley taste. At least that is the closest to an accurate description I can give it. Its not bad and not great in my book. I am sure however that some people would absolutely love it.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.
Flavors: Roasted Barley
There seem to be two alternating flavors in this tea. One I would describe as a sweet flavor, not sure how to better describe it, the other is roasted barley. The roasted barley flavor is not too intense, but mild. The roasted barley flavor also got less intense as I drank my cup. Once this flavor got less intense, a third flavor was noticed. This third flavor I would describe as mildly fruity, but just barely.
I steeped this one time in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min. Overall this is excellent tea. I give it a high mark.
Flavors: Roasted Barley, Sweet
Brewed this one this morning. I won’t change the rating even though it doesn’t taste as good today. My taste buds are off today. I somehow have a cut in my mouth. It hits the spot though.
I brewed this once in an 18 oz teapot with 9g leaf and boiling water for 3 min.
This is an excellent ripe puerh from Yunnan Sourcing USA. I did not have time to gongfu this today but brewed it western style. Still I get nice notes of either plums or apricots, not sure if I would have gotten them had I not added sugar. This is a mildly sweet puerh with a moderate amount of fermentation flavor left. It is not overpowering.
I brewed this twice in an 18oz teapot with boiling water and 8g leaf. I brewed it for 45 sec and 25 sec.