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OK – second attempt. Gongfu this time, and overleafed it. Much stronger this way, more flavorful, but a bit too tannic for the first couple of steeps. I guess I went too far. Still, I ended up going thru about a liter of hot water, about 5 or 6 infusions, before it got weak. So, there’s definitely a balance I need to strike here. I’m thinking next time I’ll stick with gongfu method, pull back just a bit on the leaf, and go with extremely short infusions at first. Wondering if I’ll ever find the sweet spot on this one, but it’s fun to try!
Another one of those “finally opened this one up” teas. I am incorrigible.
The flavor was a bit light, despite following the vendors instructions, so I may need to overleaf a bit, or maybe brew it longer, or maybe at a higher temp. I guess I’ll need to play around with it. The bread-y, malty, honey, earthiness was very much there as expected, and if it was just a bit deeper I would deem this almost perfect. Thought about gongfu-ing it but went western with it. Second infusion was markedly weaker, but still very enjoyable. Looking forward to future experimenting with this.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Earth, Honey, Malt
I really enjoy this tea, which is surprising. My first experience with Lapsang Souchong actually led me to create one of my most popular dishes on my menu at my restaurant, Lapsang Souchong Braised Shortribs. After purchasing some to try, I realized that it was far too smoky in flavor to be enjoyable. I didn’t want to throw it away so I decided to cook with it. However, this Lapsang Souchong was very pleasant to drink. It had a very light smokiness which not only allowed me to enjoy the other earthy flavor components but rather complimented them.
I purchased this tea as a part of my second order with Joseph Wesley Teas. In each order, I have tried some of the “special edition” offerings that are around for a limited time. And both times I have been very pleased.
In fact, I think that this changing/rotating specialty teas are really some hidden gems and help make this particular tea supplier stand out. That is not to say the regular teas he offers aren’t good. They are and very solid at that.
This tea stood out for the crisp clearness of the flavors imparted by the leaf. A subtle hay and fruity sweetness. The leaves themselves are vibrant in green and silvery white and carry a mild floral scent but not in a perfumed way. Very natural and earthy. Really nice example of this style of tea.
Damn, the chocolate notes and fig are coming nicely. This is a sad goodbye, and one in which I’m dangerously high on caffeine. I am having such a huge euphoria right now. I need to keep in mind to use less leaves if I ever drink this again ‘cause hot damn it’s smooth.
This is why it is so highly rated. I was happy with it before, but now I deeply enjoy it. The chocolate notes are super rich even into the later steeps. Sorry, tea snob vocab. IT IS A SMOOTH TEA THAT IS CREAMY AND ROASTY. I am so lucky to have another tea that is very close to this one ’cause damn I would be desperate if I did not have some. Talk about getting a quick fix. #caffeineaddictproblems.
Man, hawkband1, you are helping me get through my wish list. I really can’t thank you enough. :)
This one was a lot like a Jin Jun Mei. It was a very leathery and smooth black tea with a distinctive sweet potato taste. I got some cocoa notes, but they were not as strong as the buttery sweet potato ones were. Very bready, too, like rye. I definitely enjoyed this tea and got six steeps gong fu starting off with 20, going on from 15 to five minutes at the end in largely increasing increments.
I was surprised that I did not get the vivid notes that are on here. Marzipan? Interesting. At the same time, I did write leather lol. Caramel I also get. I recommend this tea to for someone newly trying it and for Chinese black tea lovers. The leaf size is also great because they are medium, so they’d be easier for tumblers, metal tea balls, or disposable tea bags. The price for the tea is also not too bad considering the quality, though there are some I admit that I’d prefer.
It’s so awesome to have a roommate open to trying tea…and listening to my lecturing about terroir. I got him to try a Bao Zhong and he really liked it. This was all the while we were watching Legend of Kora. He wanted to get through the series since he was a huge fan of the original Avatar. I liked the original more of course, but I warned him that Kora could have been better if the execution of its ideas were better. It infused so many political ideas central to East Asian “modern” history and had interesting dialogues about spirituality and industrialism, but they were not developed to their full potential. The true Iro, Andrew, had to listen to me rant about this on Facebook lol.
So with my roommate’s liking of the Bao Zhong, I used this tea to push him a little further in the world of oolongs. He liked it, but was satisfied with one cup. Fortunately I brewed the remaining leaves even better bringing out a little bit more of the honey floral notes. I saved the rest for this morning and put it in the fridge – which I should not have done to preserve flavor consistency- but the cup certainly was not bad for the sleepy morning. I’m at least alert enough now for a few push ups before the full morning workout. Arms, chest , or legs with a pinched nerve….hmm…
Thank you so much hawkband1! I’ve always wanted to try Joseph Wesley, but I’ve never had the courage to buy from them. And I agree with you on this one. It was very oily for an oolong. The dry leaf reminded me of a tropical candle. I did a western brew of half the package for the first time losing track of the minutes. It turned out pretty nice, emphasis on the green and florals. Buttery and thick with a little bit of sweetness like a honey or cinnamon sugar butter. Surprisingly crisp both in the first steep and later steeps. Very grassy, but very refreshing. Light color, heavy body. Nice sweetness on the roof of my mouth even after drinking. Yielded five solid brews western. The last one had a distinct vanilla and grassy taste.
Again, thank you so much!
I had a uneven session with this tea. I started with half the sample 5g in 100ml gaiwan and 200F water. Dry leaf smells malty and bready.
10s-fruity, little too light in body/taste
I decided to add the rest of my sample. I knew that I had probably overleafed at this point, but I didn’t want 3g floating around. Probably could have tried it westren, but I thought why not?
10s- fruity, now fuller bodied, bit tannic (the overleafing)
10s- dark fruit, strong
I ended up getting another 10 steeps out of it before stopping. It was almost too strong at 10g. 7g was probably the sweet spot.
I wouldn’t get this again. Have to leaf pretty heavy otherwise it’s thin.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Fruity, Malt, Tannic
I gongfu steeped this and got this Dian Hong to produce some excellent sweet apricot, malt, molasses, and mineral flavors. The flavor is full force (though I did ratio on the high side), and got a nice silky texture. A little bit of astringency at the final 9th steep, but no bitterness.
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/04-dian-hong-congfu-joseph-wesley-black-tea-tea-review/
I haven’t had this tea in a while. It’s so tasty. Incredible aroma and taste.
I also haven’t written a review in basically a year. Ouch. It’s been a while. Sorry!!! (in my head, this was said with a Canadian accent.)
This tea is a little old, but I can’t tell as I’m drinking it. Just the right balance of malty in this one. I’m glad I broke it out this afternoon. It’s been a long time.
I cold brewed this the other day. SO GOOD! A ratings bump is in order. I wish I’d known this over the summer. Even though it means forgoing multiple infusions, I say its worthwhile, for me. It all comes out at once. Syrupy molasses, with a lemon edge, but more intense than usual.
The only thing I dislike about cold brews is that the chill really sets in to the liquid. I’ve never been a fan of super cold drinks, even in summer. Yeah, a cold beverage is refreshing and nice, but I don’t want my throat frozen either. It isn’t a pleasant sensation. A lot of people I know feel differently, so to each their own!
Oh. and rating bump! just a tad
Almost to the end of this tea. Probably about two sessions left. I picked this one out because it has been dreary and rainy for the last 5 days. A covenant has been broken. A new ark needs to be built. But a slightly smoky black tea is just what the doctor ordered for a rainy fall day.I do have to say though that this is enjoyable because it is such a lightly smoked Lapsang. I mean, honestly, if someone brewed this for me and didn’t tell me what it was, I wouldn’t guess Lapsang. It mainly tastes like an earthy black tea. A delicious one at that. I had ordered two other teas (3 in total for those counting along at home) from Joseph Wesley and they all have been fantastic.
Flavors: Earth, Malt
This black is worth playing with steeping methods – gongfu and western give you different results, but both very complex.
Gongfu (boil, 1g 15ml), I got a savory tea of chocolate mole, char, bittersweet, molasses. Later steepings got brown sugar and malt sweet. It was never dry.
Western (190F 4g 10oz), the keemun was a meld of savory, fruity and sweet with a dry finish that wasn’t present in the gongfu steeping.
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/05-keemun-congfu-joseph-wesley-black-tea-tea-review/