drank Ying De Hong Cha by jing tea shop
326 tasting notes

Looking inside the tea pouch, there are long black leaves with bits of golden colour. They’re a bit of a pain to measure out, and due to their length I decided to use the gaiwan. I intend to steep the heck out of it anyway, so it’s a good tea vessel. ;)

Sniffing the wet leaves and the tea liquor, I’m sensing an intoxicating aroma, rich body, notes of raisin, honey.

Onto drinking the stuff, I love how thick and rich the body tastes. Then noticing a “fuzzy”, earthy nature, with notes of chocolate-malt, spices, and a hint of something zesty. It’s a very smooth experience from first sip to moments after the cup is empty. All the flavours work together in harmony.

edit: Stopped at 6 steeps

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I don’t log tea every time I drink it. Tasting notes tend to be about either one style of brewing or a new experience. It is helpful for me to look back on my notes and see what a tea tasted like or which steeping parameter worked best for me. I try to mostly short steep tea unless it only tastes better with a long steep. I’d rather experience what a tea tastes like over 3 or 12 steeps than just 1 to 3 long steeps.

When I write “tsp”, the measurement I use is a regular western teaspoon. Not a tea scoop

How I rate tea:

99-100: Teas that blow my mind! An unforgettable experience. Savoured to the last drop. I felt privileged to drink this.

90-98: Extraordinary, highly recommended, try it and you won’t be disappointed (and if you are, mail me the tea!)

85-89: Wonderful, couldn’t expect more but not a favourite.

80-84: Excellent, a treasured experience but not a favourite.

70-79: Good but could be better. Above average.

60-69: Average, unexceptional, not something I would buy again. Slightly disappointed. I’d rather drink water.

50-0: Varying degrees of sadness

No rating: Mixed feelings, can’t decide whether I like it or not, not enough experience with that sort of tea to rate it. A dramatic change of heart.


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