Competition "Monkey Picked" Oolong

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  • “My experience with the Boulder Dushanbe Tea House has been quite good over the past two weeks. The first time that I came here, I tried this tea. I hoped that it might be served yixing style, or...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I enjoyed this tea at Boulder's Dushanbe Tea House. I had afternoon tea with two visitors to town who I knew would enjoy the experience. Our table had white linens, a vase of fresh flowers, an...” Read full tasting note
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From Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

Competition Grade Ti Kuan Yin Each year, dozens of farmers in Anxi submit their handmade Ti Kuan Yin to the competition, to be judged by some of the world’s most knowledgeable tea experts. This lot was the one hand chosen for the Teahouse by David in order to meet our specifications of a supreme Ti Kuan Yin oolong; primarily, a lighter style of firing that allows the delicate floral, sweet notes of the tea to come through. Full of buttery richness, this selection is much more complex and broad than our standard grade.

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My experience with the Boulder Dushanbe Tea House has been quite good over the past two weeks. The first time that I came here, I tried this tea. I hoped that it might be served yixing style, or at least in a gaiwan, but the bartender explained that there was not enough interest in that sort of tea experience. Oh well. Sad day for me.

I received a small pot of the competition grade monkey picked and steeped it for the recommended three minutes. The brew was a pale yellow green, with a delicate, yet complex, mushroomy aroma. The first sip sent my heart racing. It was the heaviest bodied tea that I have ever tried, yielding notes of buttered oat bread, roasted vegetables, and a hint of spring fruit flowers. The second steeping was by far better. The flavors balanced out even more, and the heaviness let up a bit. As was expected, the third steeping was the best. The floral and fruity notes were the star of this brew, but the umami flavors were still present. There was no hint of bitterness throughout this tea experience. My only complaint was the brewing method. The little strainer in the pot did not allow the leaves to open up properly. I am afraid that this might have robbed me of the fullest flavor. Because of this, I have taken home an ounce of this tea to brew in my 5oz yixing pot. I will add more notes as soon as I do this.

Bonnie

Oh mystery person is a neighbor! Have you been to Ku Cha in Boulder? They serve tea where you sit on cushions and they have tea classes …so does Tea Spot. A 1 hr.Oolong class from a certain area is $15.00 which is not bad!

teaenvy

waving from westminster…hi hi. thanks for the tip about ku cha. my teen son enjoys tea. iits a struggle to find things we bith enjoy doing. a tea class might be just the thing. :-)

chadao

Hi Bonnie, yes Ku Cha is my favorite tea shop in Colorado. I love their gongfu service. Do you know about gongfu cha? It is a highly ritualistic way of doing tea that allows the drinkers to appreciate every aspect of the tea on a more present level. I think you might enjoy it.

Hi, teaenvy. The tea classes are very helpful and entertaining for a tea lover. It would definitely be a great bonding experience for you and your son. I’ll keep checking with them and let them know when the next tea class is.

Bonnie

I received some info about the Tea Spot having tastings. The online info about Ku Cha classes is outdated so I suppose you have to call. I don’t have anyone to drink tea with very often but now and then I take tea samples to one of the guys at Happy Luckys in town. Got Andy there interested in Verdant. At least my local tea shop donates part of business proceeds to stop human trafficing and child labor and creates all their own blends of tea.

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I enjoyed this tea at Boulder’s Dushanbe Tea House. I had afternoon tea with two visitors to town who I knew would enjoy the experience. Our table had white linens, a vase of fresh flowers, an assortment of scones (with clotted cream and lemon curd), cucumber sandwiches, and small cakes. We each picked a tea for our individual, small teapots. I chose this one.

It doesn’t appear on their web page’s tea list but was offered on the menu in the tea house.

When the server brought the tea, she noted that she had washed the oolong leaves with a few seconds long steep before putting in the less than boiling water. Appreciated!

Forest green leaves partially unfurled and gave a small pot of yellow brown liquor. This had a moderate oolong aroma. The flavors were delicate, with some light citrus rind and evergreen notes. I didn’t find much smoky flavor. The largest note was some vegetal green tea type flavor. Astringency and bitterness were absent.

This tea was excellent, but maybe too delicate to have with the scones and cakes.

I asked for and received another pot of hot water for a second steep. The second was better. All the flavors were more well-defined. The citrus rind and green tea flavors were stronger and some smokey notes came in. This had a touch of astringency that was absent before. Still, it was quite smooth.

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