2005 Chang Yu Hao – Essence of Tea
Price: £0.69 ($1.04) / gram
Summary: Sounds good, looks good, taste fails to impress.
Dry: Med brown, flat, lots of twigs/stems. Med compression.
Wet: Porridge, clay, powdery smoke. A bit flat. No fruit.
Rinse: Light/med golden.
10s – Light/med golden. Sweet dough; thin. 58/100.
15s – Med golden. Sweet hot milk. No bitterness. Flavour is coming slowly. 60/100.
Stab with a fork to open clump of leaves, gently.
10s – Med golden. Am I going to taste anything this time? Golden sweet fruit. The flavour comes in like treacle: soft, subtle and with some thickness.
12s – Dense med golden. Here it is! Soft, sweet dried apricot. The fruit is well pronounced.
15s – Ok it’s here now. Bitter and astringent grip; it delivers an pungent orange fruit flavour. Good body, but not a long finish. Flavours are a bit too close; its too concentrated. 80/100.
10s – Dense med golden. Strong, deep base with only light fruit that is not clearly coming through. It clearly has good strength and is quality material, but the flavours are too muddled.
10s – Dense, darker golden. Flavour is watery. 65/100.
20s – Med golden. Base sheng material. Flat. Reminding me of 2007 Golden Ribbon – well maybe not that bad.
25s – Med golden. Flavour have lost their edge.