Gong Fu Cha Style I used:
Beauté Académique by Maison des 3 Thes, Taiwan oolong, 5.5gr in Yixing 7oz teapot; water Sant’Anna sorgente Rebruant 95°.
0 – foot’s water
1 – 45’’
The color shines between amber and topaz. The hot noise takes memories of desert with tiny fresh touch of lavender. Follow more vegetable sensation of toasting and dry wood, always together with a spice herbs like a dry rosemary. Again yellow peony, undergrowth, cooked tomato. At the end all remember me something like a “grandmother’s drawer”.
In mouth stats serious, austere: begins angular, but quickly the soft invades the mouth. Progression taste develops on this theme as something angular submerged by a soft cushion and shake itself to come to the surface. The persistent is long and played on brown/yellow tones, comes back undergrowth, dry herbs, nuts, toasts and dry flowers. Distant peeps some brief hints of ripe summer.
2 – 45’’
Appears tinged with a topaz color with orange highlights. It smells of autumn, pine resin, puffs of dried lavender, undergrowth and woody tones; shows the almond between the nuts and everything is wrapped in a bouquet of flowers which still dominates the yellow peony. The mouth opens with a patina of softness that sticks to the palate. Then emerge sharp and woody feelings. The finish is dominated by feelings of tannic: green wood, green dried nuts that became licorice root any seconds after deglutition.
3 – 1’ 20’’
Topaz with increasingly determined orange reflections. Absolutely floral noise, with hints of yellow peony, almond flower, thistle; all is mixed with more mature and slightly bittering notes of chestnut honey.
Tasting proves round and balanced. The soft and hard notes invading the mouth wrapped tightly to one another. At the end of this triumphant march in the mouth is an explosion and a blaze of aromas that seem to never want to end.
I do again:
4 – 2’ 30’’
5 – 3’ 45’’
6 – 5’
and found still pleasure in this tea.