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Thick creamy viscous with a strong steaming vegetable character and a hint musk melon. In comparison with the Bi Luo Chun this guy doesn’t tend to fall into bitterness that easy. This whole vegetable basket steaming intensely within a nice fusion of zucchini, edamame and avocado while it covers every inch of your senses and inner mouth section with a fine coat of this elegant impression. But beside that it is going the left you behind mouth watering, craving for more while this whole coating more and more transforms into some kind of sweetness and a bit different vegetable profile of green sweet peppers and also naturally sweet corn. This Green fellow really is a sensation of its own and left quite the impression. Another aspect I really enjoyed was the salty ocean case – in this very case it created a feeling of a fine breeze whistling which brought an experience near my senses of standing on an open view ocean scene while the wind carries this fine sea salty scent through the air and my senses. A really lovely aspect.
First white tea for me that had significant age to it.
There was an intriguing sweetness to it that was hard to pin down. It was sort of like coconut or carob, where the sweetness is balanced by a sort of woody/stem-y note.
Definitely a departure from a fresh white tea. Much richer base sweetness and much more complexity.
Dry leaf – honeysuckle, blackberry syrup, carob, sweet floral
Smell – cherry wood, coconut, marshmallow, blackberry syrup, fruit leaf (? – I don’t know, just sort of a fruit-sweet mixed with leafiness…)
Taste – coconut, carob, dark chocolate cherry cordial are predominant. Base flavors of English breakfast tea, some hints of tea with lemon juice.
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Flavors: Honey, Vanilla
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Flavors: Iodine, Vegetables
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Flavors: Flowers, Lychee, Nectar, Orchids, Sweet
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Flavors: Char, Mineral
noms. GCTTB this is delicious! I don’t love green teas all the time, but there are a few out there who make me want to keep a couple in my cupboard. This is one of those. It’s fruity and sweet, with an almost nutty flavour profile in the background? almost? it’s not super vegetal but being a green tea, there’s some of that. mostly though, it’s sweet and delicious.
I received a sample of this, quite some time ago, from Gabriele at NanNuoShan, and I finally got around to drinking it! Though I’m sad that I waited this long, so the sample was probably a little old, the tea was still rather delicious!
Across the 6 or 7 (I think :S ) steeps that I did, this tea was consistently lovely – a thick-ish smooth texture, with delicious honey notes throughout. I think there were floral notes near the beginning and some more spiced notes (kinda woody and sweet spiced) near the end.
Thanks again, Nicole! The first time I tried this, the flavor was a little light. I don’t remember how much I steeped up. I didn’t want to write a tasting note last time as I thought my parameters could be improved. They were. Two teaspoons is right for a mug. The flavor is still smooth, but not characterless. This time around, it’s like mildly smoky milk chocolate. Very peppery, so it reminds me of some Yunnans that tend to be peppery. The leaves look like some of them as well. Sickle shaped fuzzies both dark and gold. The steeped leaves are actually very fruity scented somehow. This isn’t my favorite of this type of tea (not enough of a kick in flavor for me) but these steeps were vastly improved since last time.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 1/2 min
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I’m drinking the last of my sample of this one at the moment, and I’d forgotten how lovely it is! It’s such a light, delicate green tea – perfect for people like me who spend a fair amount of their time thinking that they don’t even LIKE green tea. This is clearly not true – I’ve discovered a lot of green teas that are perfectly palatable, and some (like this one) I’ve really enjoyed. This one verges on sweet, to my tastes, and reminds me of sugar snap peas. There’s a more savoury element underlying, which really helps to give it some depth. It’s kind of vegetal and green beany. Totally yum. Another thing I enjoy about this one is its sheer smoothness – it really is almost buttery in terms of mouthfeel. I’ll miss this one now that it’s gone from my cupboard, and it’s one I’d purchase for myself if I ever get to the stage when my cupboard is under control enough for me to have “staple” teas of any kind. Until then, this can be a delicious memory.
I’m more open minded about green teas these days, after discovering that there are some I actually like (and some I even love!) That they’re not all bitter, astringent and brown came as a bit of a revelation to me. This one is a stunner just to look at.
Read my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/09/14/anji-bai-cha-green-tea-nannuoshan/
From the Here’s Hoping TTB:(60s): Beautiful floral/citrus bouquet. Magnificant rich flavor mixes honey with the aroma components and an undercurrent of sweetness. Long, luscious finish. I love this tea. For some reason the tea got less interesting later in the cup. Still good but no longer great. I started thinking of a score like 97 but wound up with 91. I’m feeling a buzz from cha qi. A first for oolong. I tried gong-fu (30s, 3 oz) and a normal second steep. In both cases the aroma was great but the taste was “just” very good. Still feeling the qi.
Simultaneous taste test with 2 other teas from the GCTTB4
I think this was another one of Ubacat’s teas (seriously, Uba, you’re hitting it out of the park!).
I had this with a Bi Luo Chun from YS, but this one paled in comparison. Literally (it was lighter in colour) and figuratively (it was the weakest of the three teas I tried).
I found that this didn’t make much of an impression on me. Somewhat nutty, somewhat vegetal, but there wasn’t a lot of there there. Steeped 1 tsp for 3 min in 80c water.
A very pleasant tea with warming qualities. I feel like the taste is more of a green with vegetal notes of cucumber and grass. I brewed this gong fu style for 30/45/60 at 195 degree water. The resulting liquid is relatively light in color, looking much more like a white. This is definitely a tea to wind down with.
Flavors: Cucumber, Vegetal
The dry leaf is dark green, verging on black, and twisty, but not rolled into balls. It smells woody and earthy, with hints of orchid that contrast in a very interesting way.
Steeped, the leaf smells intensely floral and woody. The tea soup is a pale amber colour and very clear. It smells very faintly of honey and wood.
On the first steep, the wood note is dominant, with honey and orchid in the background. I steeped 1g in 50ml of 90C water for 30 seconds, as per the steeping directions, but the flavour seems a bit light. I think this might have benefited from a quick rinse and a bit of a rest, to let the leaves open up a bit more, or just a slightly longer first steep.
The second steep is amazing. Everything about this steep is stronger and deeper, with well balanced notes of wood, roast and honey forefront, backed up by a lovely orchid. The finish is long, with a honeyed, tangy vegetal note that develops long after the sip. The texture is creamy and smooth.
The third steep intrigues me. The steeped leaf has taken on an almost acrid, charred wood note that I find unappealing. But the flavour of the tea is incredible. There is more roastiness and less honey than on the second steep, but toward the end of the sip there is a melted butter and brown sugar taste that contributes to the rich, creamy impression from the mouth feel.
The fourth steep once again seems lighter on flavour than it should be. While the flavours of the third steep are present, they are mild and a bit muddled.
For the fifth steep, I didn’t bother timing precisely and just let the tea sit until it seemed like it was ready. The butter, brown sugar and orchid are back to being more prominent, but at this point the leaves are staring to lose their flavour.
This is an amazing tea that shows its age through the fine and complex flavour. While three of my five steeps were not all that impressive, I was quite blown away by the second and third, and I think it is well worth drinking for those steeps alone (and I think with some tweaking of steeping technique and parameters, at least three incredible steeps could be had.)
I drank this and made my note without looking at anyone else’s impressions, and it’s so interesting to see the variety of different experiences people had with this tea. There’s a great deal of diversity in the flavours that people picked out.
While this may not be an every day kind of tea, it is one that is absolutely worth trying.
30s, 30s, 45s, 45s, 1min+
Sample provided by Nannuoshan.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Creamy, Earth, Honey, Orchid, Roasted, Smooth, Tangy, Vegetal, Wood