Knew eastteaguy would snag some, too!
I wish I snagged more of this one. I am really happy that Alistair was able to acquire some, and deeply appreciate that he decided to put it up on the shop that he did.
As with most of my reviews this month, I’m not going to go into an exhaustive breakdown of my sessions, but I will focus on the re-occuring details I noticed and my personal opinion on the tea.
Opening it up, the tea is definitely on the greener side like most Dayulings, but packs a flavorful punch even if the leaves barely tint the hot water. Yes, I gong fu’d it in a small portable glass set in increments of 10, 35, 45 seconds and so on. Rose water, greens, grass, pineapple, lemongrass,pear, sugarcane, and mineral water were the most re-occuring notes in every part of the session. The rinse and very last steeps were the greenest, middle steeps were fruiter, and later steeps were more floral leaning into the rose with osmanthus sneaking up.
I greatly enjoyed it because it was a delicate tea that was rich in flavor, and extremely pronounced in its rosy headyness and creamy texture. Alistair described it as balsam, and I can see the tea being close to a white balsamic since it has just the right amount of green acidity to be similar. I will say it’s not too different from other Dayulings I’ve had, but I’m very pleased because it’s exactly what I wanted it to be.
I do wish I bought more of this, but since I had at least 50 grams of Wang Teas’s Dayuling, I wanted to add more variety and focus on other oolongs and black teas. It’s a shame this sold out so quickly, but I am glad it did because it stands out from What-Cha’s other teas.
Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Grass, Green, Green Apple, Lemongrass, Mineral, Pear, Pineapple, Rose, Sugarcane