Another one finished off. This is the last of a sample that Jillian sent me. It’s been a while and I can’t actually really remember what I thought of it at the time. I’ve only got a single cup here, because I only had leaves enough left for half a pot.
I steeped it a bit too much I think because it’s got a fairly astringent bite. There is a sweet note though, a sort of tongue coating one. Not quite caramel, but similar. Mostly I got the smokey peppery note which was probably brought out more by the fact that it was steeped a bit too long.
Anyway, this was a good enough tea to have in a sample. It was good to try and overall I liked it. I’m definitely interested in exploring the yunnan blacks further, but it probably wouldn’t be this particular one.
I’m a lazy freezing bugger this morning, so we’re going to see how this holds up to a resteep. I’m not expecting miracles here, but if it doesn’t work then what have I actually wasted other than time and half a liter of water? Might as well give it a shot.
After I wrote mine yesterday, I’ve been looking through what other people have said about it. I’m glad I’m not the only one to pick up that honey note, because for me it’s really strong and I couldn’t immediately recall anybody having mentioned it before. One person said that it was also quite nice when sweetened with honey, so if the resteep works to my satisfaction, I will try that. Otherwise I have enough leaves left for one more pot, or most of one.
Being impatient, I’ve been sniffing at the pot. The smoke, or pepper, (because I really think it’s the same flavour that people recognise differently. For me it’s smoke. Not even remotely as strong as in Lapsang Souchong, but still smoke.) seems to be a little diminished but the honey is as strong as ever.
The colour looks the same too. Possibly a little darker, which sort of surprised me. It seems logical that resteeps should provide a gradully lighter colour.
It’s like an entirely different tea! I’m getting a strong honey note out of it and the smoke or pepper or whatever is almost entirely gone. It’s just there in the finish, giving the honey some sparkles. I can almost almost recognise it more as pepper than as smoke here. I don’t think it’s quite pepper but it’s more pepper at this point than it’s smoke. It’s got the same sort of prickling sensation on the tip of the tongue, whereas smoke, I think, is more prickly all over the mouth. Does this even make sense?
At any rate, yes, Yunnan Jig holds up nicely to a resteep.