Lishan Winter Sprout

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Vegetal, Olive Oil, Popcorn, Salty, Seaweed, Vegetable Broth, Spinach
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 g 4 oz / 133 ml

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  • “Wow, a completely 180˚ from my first impression of this tea. I feel like I brewed it stronger at home and that made all the difference. This is the 2016 harvest of the Lishan Winter Sprout. Warm...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Since Steepster decided yet AGAIN to eat my tasting note comments on this tea, I have to recreate them yet AGAIN from memory. Kind of missing the days of pen and paper. I write down the note, it’s...” Read full tasting note
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From Song Tea & Ceramics

Handpicked at 2000m above sea level from a garden coated in snow. Its poetic Chinese name means “never know spring.” An intensely savory yet sweet tea anchored by a luscious vegetal foundation. Notes of pineapple, cucumber and wheatgrass.

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Wow, a completely 180˚ from my first impression of this tea. I feel like I brewed it stronger at home and that made all the difference. This is the 2016 harvest of the Lishan Winter Sprout. Warm leaves smell so deliciously savoury and fragrant like something that would draw me at a gourmet food fair––olive oil popcorn.

1st infusion: (1:00)
Liquor is the bright yellow-green colour of olive oil. Savoury and oily fragrance like umami seaweed seasoning, or vegetable broth.

2nd infusion: (1:10)
Savoury spinach vegetable broth. I wish it were more floral, maybe I’m craving something like a Tieguanyin.

3rd: (2:00)
Liquor is still bright olive-oil yellow. More vegetable broth, slightly salty. The first steeping was the best, when it still tasted buttery.

Flavors: Olive Oil, Popcorn, Salty, Seaweed, Vegetable Broth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Since Steepster decided yet AGAIN to eat my tasting note comments on this tea, I have to recreate them yet AGAIN from memory. Kind of missing the days of pen and paper. I write down the note, it’s there. Ah well, technology giveth and technology taketh away.

Let’s see how my memory fares:
50th tasting note, psyched to write about Lishan Winter Sprout from Song Tea & Ceramics. This was a sample they threw in when I purchased a couple of teas during a San Fran visit back in January. Love that place, it is gorgeous. Increases my existing adoration of San Fran and makes me want to move there, like, tomorrow. Also, this was my very first use of the gaiwan and I am happy to report I didn’t burn myself or break the gaiwan. Yay!
The tea: dry leaf aroma was light, slightly sweet, slightly spinachy. First infusion aroma and taste was mostly spinachy, very vegetal, although mild in general. Second infusion was a little sweeter, the spinach and vegetable notes faded to the background and it became more balanced. My favorite infusion of this tea, as it was the most “tea-like” as opposed to drinking something like a green veggie broth. The color darkened, but the flavor became lighter. Go figure. Third infusion was darker in color, but very light flavor. Spinach returned. Really, really light. Overall this was an interesting tea, it felt very cleansing and calming. But not my favorite, as I’m a sugar junky and tend to like less vegetal-tasting teas.

Flavors: Spinach, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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