2017 Beidou 北斗

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Blackberry, Blueberry, Charcoal, Chocolate, Coconut, Coconut Husk, Earthy, Incense, Mineral, Oak, Orange, Orange Zest, Peach, Perfume, Pleasantly Sour, Spearmint, Vanilla, Wet Rocks, Wet Wood, Ash, Campfire, Char, Citrus Zest, Cocoa, Dirt, Earth, Fireplace, Nutty, Roast Nuts, Smooth
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 8 oz / 227 ml

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  • “This seems to be right on the edge of needing to be reroasted. The first few steeps have that aging oolong sourness creeping in along with a perfumey air. But it all smooths out as the steeps...” Read full tasting note
  • “2020 Bei Dou-from the awesome Leafhopper! I’ve been working through a lot of the teas in the swamp (swap)and I’m down to about 4 of the samples left, going through 2-3 each week. I picked this one...” Read full tasting note

From Wuyi Origin

harvest date :2017 .5.10th

Location ;Tianxin yan (天心岩)
Roasting level ;Medium roasting,3times roast
Feature :wildly growing with the EU certificate ,nice aroma ,and quite balance in soup and aroma ,roasting degree is decent , sweet .

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1289 tasting notes

This seems to be right on the edge of needing to be reroasted. The first few steeps have that aging oolong sourness creeping in along with a perfumey air. But it all smooths out as the steeps progress, lightly exhibiting an incense character with an orange tone in the midground. Vaporous notes of chocolate syrup, orange zest, coconut/husk and charcoal are supported by that lowdown and earthy Wuyi wet rock minerality I find so fascinating. In the final steep, spearmint and vanilla are the most apparent. Mild aftertaste. Mouthfeel never comes to mind. I am calm and grounded but also with a stimulation that has me feeling like I’m elevated and being pulled forward while my toes sweep the ground. Interesting experience. I haven’t felt an energy like this from tea for a while.

Thanks for today’s wonderful complement, Leafhopper :)

Song pairing: Prince — Controversy

Flavors: Blackberry, Blueberry, Charcoal, Chocolate, Coconut, Coconut Husk, Earthy, Incense, Mineral, Oak, Orange, Orange Zest, Peach, Perfume, Pleasantly Sour, Spearmint, Vanilla, Wet Rocks, Wet Wood

Preparation
Boiling 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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1545 tasting notes

2020 Bei Dou-from the awesome Leafhopper!

I’ve been working through a lot of the teas in the swamp (swap)and I’m down to about 4 of the samples left, going through 2-3 each week. I picked this one after going through a few Taiwanese ones and needed something with lighter caffeine. Smelling the dry leaf, I was enticed by the chocolate nutty notes singed with smooth roast and campfire smells.

Like most teas in the past two weeks, I brewed this one in my Eclipse press. I let it sit around 35 seconds, and pressed the leaves to try to separate it out. Tasting and smelling it each time in several rounds of small cups from the press, it resembled other good Bei Dou and Big Red Robes I’ve had by leaning hard into nutty and nearly chocolaty profiles. I kept on getting cocoa, hazelnut, and a tinge of orange pele and citrus, then leaning back hard into the woody, incense like roast. I was deeply satisfied and grounded with a calming buzz.

The second brew time in the press-even after 20 sec, it was just woody and roasty. I let it sit more. Alas, more charcoal and roast. I finished it quickly and then dumped the leaves out. They smelled like ash, so I think I hit a good stopping point.

The first session was incredible, and it was more mild and complex-the way I like my yancha. As for the second, the ashy-muddled profile was consistent with why I don’t drink them often, and losing the complexity from earlier. I’m still very happy to it.

Flavors: Ash, Campfire, Char, Charcoal, Chocolate, Citrus Zest, Cocoa, Dirt, Earth, Fireplace, Nutty, Orange Zest, Roast Nuts, Smooth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Leafhopper

LOL, swamp! I’ve been working through your tea samples as well, and just finished the Fu Shou Shan from Trident. I thought the Bei Dou was nice, with chocolate and dried fruit, though I don’t think I’ve made a note on it.

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