3 Tasting Notes
[note – this is based on the 2011 light roast imperial rou gui]
I have had mixed results with 7 Cups’s teas, and wasn’t hugely impressed with some of their yancha that I’ve tried. However, I think this one is really nice. The roast is balanced (not too high, not too low), clarity of the brewed tea is good, the tea has sufficient oxidation, and the characteristic rou gui flavor is there. The aroma in the empty cup smells just right. If you push it to the point where it’s a bit astringent, more of the aftertaste will come out. I think it’s a fairly good value.
Tried a sample of this from a tea acquaintance. I was not a huge fan – it’s rich, but I think a little over-fired (and I’m someone who likes some pretty high-fired tea). I am a little skeptical on the date as well, though it’s hard to tell because the roast is so strong.
This is a roasted Tieguanyin from Lau Yu Fat in Hong Kong. It’s their highest grade gongfu tea, and has a somewhat peachy taste. The overall taste is bittersweet with a lasting fragrance.