Jing Mai 2013 Spring Reserve

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 4 oz / 118 ml

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For this year’s Jingmai we’ve upped the ante, and paid a premium for early spring material picked from a select few of the largest, most ancient, trees from Jingmai’s premier tea garden 大平掌 “Da Ping Zhang”. This is completely hand crafted, “Reserve” 精品 tea. Our wrapper artwork depicts ancient tea sage Lù Yǔ 陆羽 writing his masterpiece “The Book of Tea”

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767 tasting notes

I got this sample as a surprise from Stephanie. Thanks so much!

I was really excited because Tea Urchin has been on my list of companies I want to buy from at some point. The shipping is a bit cost prohibitive though. I love their website and their puerh wrappers are awesome!

This tea is very juicy, but not really fruity…more juicy in texture than flavor. It’s also really delicate and floral sweet. There’s a touch of tobacco, but overall it’s very smooth. Very enjoyable. Someday, I will have to take the plunge and order from Tea Urchin!

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1083 tasting notes

Ooooooh! Another sample from my Tea Urchin gift from Marzipan :D

I’ve never had a sheng quite like this one before. It reminds me of Silver Needle white, sort of hay like and a little sweet, with a floral shengy vibe, and mousse-like creaminess! I keep thinking of it as flower custard :D


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177 tasting notes

Most young sheng is coarse and powerful. This one is elegant. I have trouble calling out specific flavors because the flavors are so well integrated, but straw and wood are obvious, with hints of flowers early and black pepper and anise in later steeps.

There is a lot of cha qi, so I’m getting very relaxed. The first two steeps had very little astringency or acidity, and no bitterness. Later steeps have some acid and astringency, but still only a hint of bitterness. The finish is excellent, and much of the complexity comes via the interaction of the finish with the aroma and taste.

I really like this tea. I have no idea how it will age, but it is really great for drinking right now. I got it as part of the recent Tea Urchin Sampler set.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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104 tasting notes

Another excellent Sheng from Eugene and Belle. The liquor is a beautiful golden color that smells like a smokey hay with a bit of tobacco thrown in. The tea itself is extremely smooth with absolutely no kuwei or astringency noted. This tea tastes just like it smells, it is a beautiful balance of hay, smoke and tobacco with a very gentle huigan to it. Well done Eugene and Belle, you have a passion for tea and your products show it!!!

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML


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