2010 Harvest Imperial Lotus Heart Dragon Well

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170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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  • “Held a tasting for some friends last night centered upon Long Jing, and this was one of the more interesting entries to the mix. I bought this right when it arrived in April 2010 and had it as part...” Read full tasting note
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This year’s Lotus Heart consists of tiny, early leaf buds expertly hand-fired and flattened into astonishing uniformity. The tea yields a mild, sweet liquor redolent of fresh spring vitality, with a substantial, mouth-filling viscosity. The brew is light greenish gold. Your drinking pleasure ends with a long, sweet finish.

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Held a tasting for some friends last night centered upon Long Jing, and this was one of the more interesting entries to the mix. I bought this right when it arrived in April 2010 and had it as part of a public tasting of fresh green teas then took what little remained and set it aside with the express intent of featuring the effects of staling in a later tasting. I left this really nice tea in an open pouch and moved it around over the course of the past two years to purposely expose it to air, humidity, heat (and hot/cold flux), and light. In the end I think I may have done a little too good of a job since I highlighted staling but prevented the development of off flavors that arise when stored with access to the aforementioned conditions in a sealed container… Made for a more pleasant experience during the tasting, I guess.

This still tasted surprisingly good, if incredibly lacking in flavor. Pretty flat, but the tactile impression remained true to well stored past-crop tea and the taste elements were not diminished tremendously. Light, moderate bodied water with a hint of nutty sweetness. Brewed at 1.5g per 100mL for 2min using 75C water was a great contrast to fresh crop brewed at really dilute conditions for a long period. Both came out at the same relative intensity but this felt as though the life had been sucked out of it whilst the fresh was wondrously sweet and crisp.

I think it’s a great testimony to a tea when you can intentionally try to screw it up yet it still tastes good. Definitely wouldn’t want to pay full price for any kind of past-crop green, but I’d say this would be almost worth it in the first 1.5 years if properly stored.

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170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Thomas Smith

For the record – the Shi Feng Long Jing from Tea Spring treated to the same aggressive storage treatment resulted in an infusion that tasted like play dough.

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