Pre-Chingming Golden Pekoe 2011 (ZP90)

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This Fujian province tea is crafted mostly from leaf buds, which gives the tea a very tippy appearance. The beautiful golden color of the leaf comes from the careful full fermentation, producing a cup that is rich in flavor and aroma. The bright-amber liquor has a sweet and fragrant character.

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I love the month of May, and today was such a beautiful day. Warm and sunny, and a good day to get a haircut. :)) There are lots of family Birthdays in May too.

My cousin and his twin niece and nephew celebrate on the 5th. We took in four kitties last year born on the 10th (Blackie didn’t make it :(( ). My Mom’s sister’s is the 11th, my special Beagle, Cookie was born on the 12th-she was born on Mother’s Day! My Dad’s is the 13th, his sister’s is the 14th. Then there’s [EH-HEM], Yours Truly, on the 15th. :)) A dear friend of mine is one day younger than me -the 16th. My Grandma’s was the 17th, & I miss her sweet, loving soul. I’m sure there’s a few others as well.

So yes, I love the month of May. Cookie was a black/white Beagle & Cocker mix; although, I didn’t notice much Spaniel in her. Everyone wanted me to call her Oreo, but I refused to think of a brand name every time I called her name. She was such a loving girl, and really special to me! She LOVED WALKS….WE loved walks, and we spent many happy hours together! :)) She always slept in my room with me like Lotis does now. He’s snoring at my feet right now.

It’s always so fun to celebrate my Birthday with Dad, as it was with Cookie. I wanted to remember her today by wearing my black Pittsburgh Steelers hat, a white T-shirt, and drinking a special tea. On with the review my friends.

When I opened the bad I noticed a stunning dark brown and furry (tippy) beige leaf- very tippy, the colors are intertwined. The aroma….SNIFFFF!! MMMMMMM….MMMMMMMOMG!! That was my first reaction. The dry leaves smelled like a malted milk shake! Seriously….I was sniffing, until at some point I realized I had to stop and drink the tea. :))

I steeped per instructions using 2.5 -3 teaspoons of leaf. When the leaves hit my warmed glass press, the aroma intensified. Definitely malt milkshake aromas. The cup was a medium brown hue. In the cup, I smelled lighter choco-maltiness, with a light brown sugar sweetness (not dark). The wet tea leaves smelled chocolatey, toasty, with a medium (more mild) roasted marshmallow aroma. The cup flavors were malty , with a nice light (yet full mouth feel) chocolate goodness. My tongue and palate were satisfied without being heavy. I really didn’t detect the sweetness I noticed from the wet tea leaves and cup aroma.

After dinner, I added about 2 tsp leaves to the previous leaves and steeped for 5 minutes. The wet tea leaves smelled similar, but with more of a dark brown sugar sweetness. The cup itself was also slightly darker, more malty, with similar sweetness. Then I fell asleep and woke up to a cold cup of tea. :-// Well, it was still really good and malty, with slightly more chocolate flavor. I’m convinced you cannot oversteep this tea, as it was still smooth, mild-yet full flavored, and not bitter at all! :))

I’m glad I cupped this delicious, Pre-Chingming Golden Pekoe on this beautiful day and evening. A perfect tea to remember Cookie, my sweet dog, and all my family and friends-who I love, and celebrate. ’Here’s to us all’, and to the beautiful and special month of May! :))

Cupped & Reviewed: Saturday, May 12, 2012.

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I hate when I fall asleep, waking to a cold cup of tea! :// It was still quite good though, and I wouldn’t cold brew it, but I’ll let my fellow Steepies comment on that one. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL THE GOOD MOTHERS! :))


Cheers! raises tea cup!


I’m the 23’rd! 64 this year! Happy birthday to youuuuu! My dad would have been 92 the 9th, my niece eas 30 the 8th. Gotta love MAYYYY! HEYYYY! The other nice thing is being LEFT HANDED AND TEA!


Thanks! Hey, Im not 40++ just yet :)), but raising a cup to me on my Birthday, or any day is nice, and makes me smile. Well, one more cup of tea before I hit the hay.

By the way-I can celebrate early, can’t I ?!


@ScottTeaMan Lol and here I was trying to make sure I remember the date so I can comment on your birthday! I’m just going to say Happy Birthday right now then!


Thanks Yoos. :))


Happy birthday to all of you! My bday is this month as well – May is a great month! :)
Sorry to hear about your beloved Blackie.
This tea sounds amazing and I have yet to try Upton! this goes on the list! :)


Azz, when is your special day?


Damn! I shoulda bought some cookies! :))


Hey wait! I had Chinese for dinner…and two….almond cookies. HA! Mission accomplished. :))


My late grandmother’s was the 12th, as is one of my brothers. My dad’s is the 22nd. Mine (56) is the 21st. Happy Birthday to us all! The tea sounds awesome by the way.


Yes-May is awesome, we are awesome, and this tea is awesome! :))


Happy Early Birthday, Scott!


Early happy birthday Scott, and Bonnie, Azzrian, and K S too! Cheers!


What a month of celebrations…enjoy them all!


Happy birthday, happy May!


Early Thank You’s to everone! I’m off for tea tasting now, but probably will not post til tomorrow.

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Thanks to ScottTeaMan for getting me a sample of this from Upton!

The dry leaves do smell very malty, and the leaves are beautiful. I always thought that Pekoe referred to Indian/Sri Lankan teas but I guess I was wrong.

My tea liquor is a dark orange color and smells malty and a little bit spicy! It has that sweet potato/starchy quality that reminds me a bit of a golden monkey. The tea is very gentle with no astringency. It has a bit of a cocoa aroma/flavor as well as smelling a bit… “bready?” The sweet and gentle nature of the tea kind of coats your mouth and is very moistening. The aftertaste on this one definitely lingers. This is definitely a nice afternoon tea for today!

Steeped via regular infuser mug method. I did one resteep and the second cup is still pleasant although the flavor has faded a bit.

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I thought it was similar to a Golden Monkey too, but lighter. Glad you liked it Amy. I’m pretty sure Pekoe refers to the leaf size.

Looked it up-here’s a couple slightly different descriptions:

Look for the 2012 pre-chingming selections at Upton’s. They have a few already. :))


Did anyone besides me get the malted milk shake??


Uh? You wanted me to look something up, I’m lazy!
Malty and cocoa-y, I agree, but milkshakes are creamy and I didn’t really get that so much.


It was the aroma from my warmed tea press. Maybe not quite that creamy, I agree. I think I just got alot of malt & thought of a milkshake. :))

Doug F

There’s a dizzying array of pre-chingming teas on their site now. I just don’t know which ones to sample!


Amy, if you have enuff for a couple more cups, try preparing one cup with some leaves, then use the rest and add them to the steeped leaves. I usually get different flavors and depth. Sometimes there can be more astringency-even bitterness. With the pre-chingming teas, I have not had that problem.

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This one is very pretty! The leaves are long and slightly curly, and very orange. Definitely all tips. I get mostly notes of honey and light notes of cocoa. Very nice, and I will have to enjoy it while I have it, as it is almost gone on the website. Last I checked, there was one 40 gram bag left.

Usual teapot method.

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