Tea of the morning. Last three days I’ve been craving darker oolongs and have used the last of two dan congs (Chicago Tea Garden and Teavana and surprisingly I preferred Teavana’s) but I can’t bring myself to brew up any Verdant teas knowing I’m getting a gaiwan for Mother’s Day.
Cute story, the other day the husband texted me a photo of a horrid multi-colored gaiwan asking “This is what you want?” I responded with a heck no and got “Oh… I thought you wanted a gaiwan”, at that moment my toddler was playing a game on my phone so I didn’t respond, a couple mins later I got another text “Ahem, I thought you wanted a gaiwan” I took that as my cue to send the correct link and I’m pretty sure he then proceeded to order it.
So back to this morning, I was looking for the blend with Dan Cong, Silver Needle and Gyokuro, but grabbed my tiny tin of this first and decided it would do. We all got a few ounces when Teavana changed out the blends just before the holidays. It has some of my favorite teas in it, sure I would prefer Silver Needle to the pearls bit oh well.
I did a shorter steep on this, 30 secs and I still taste all the different tea, the “golden” part of Golden Jade is the most prominent, that is the black tea, but some orchid notes from the oolong come through and even a bit herbaceous white and mossy green can be found. We’ll see how it resteeps.
Of course it’s nowhere close to the dark oolong I was craving, but it seemed a nice balance, not too green, not too light and not a kick in the face. Will have to brew up the other blend too. Update: crap at reinfusing, not sure why. Have moved on to finish up a yellow tea sample. Also have organized stash.