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Trying new brewing method for greens. Using intentional temperature and amounts. Brewing in round glass pitcher, naturally strains better than other pitchers I have.
2 grams aiming for 130 degrees F starting brew temp.
This tea was good for 3 or so steeps. Tasted fresh, but gyokuro is not my favorite – I don’t tend to “get it”.
High temp water gave a few more steeps in the end. Tea was broken and light as to spill a bit into cup. Method better for heavier/intact tea leaves.
Tea pot – using my neglected, first intentionally purchased clay teapot, maybe 180 ml?
First ripe puerh is a few months. I had forgotten the unique flavors and progression of shou, and am glad I’ve broken the ice with this old friend. Shou was the tea that got me so “into” tea years ago.
I’d also gotten so used to using the Hawaii pot (very tight fitting lid) that I’d forgotten what spilling water/tea was all about. I’ve missed watching water spread and creep along my unfinished tea table. The patterns that water takes on wood grain are enchanting.
This is effectively my first tasting of this tea from a small sample I received months ago. It has been kept at about 70% RH with my other shous.
I rinsed the first pot. Second and third were pleasant and subtly dramatic – I haven’t experienced these flavors in a while.
4th steeping has darkened and seems to be improving still. I’m thinking its oaky and there is this sweetness that I can’t peg.
My last tasting of a sample received in Fall 2020.
12/18/2020 mid morning bowl tea.
Listening to Jazz and working in tandem.
I’m very new to charcoal roasted oolong – very complex flavor. Rich.
I’m reminded of coffee. I’m reminded that darker roasted oolong should remain a staple in my collection. Chance just has it that this type of teas seems to dance well with graceful-lumbering jazz. What is a word that describes lumbering, but graceful?
Mmmm, this feeling of chocolate is pleasant.
I wish there was a way to categorize my cupboard in Steepster so I could group similar teas together – create “shelves”
12/4/2020 Afternoon bowl tea – first bowl cooled boiling water.
Teas is rolled similar to oolong. Very light first bowl.
Hit the second bowl with water just off boil. This green tea works well with hot water.
Biggest takeaway is subtle and refreshing.
Also benefits from a long steeping it seems. Possibly a good candidate for boiled teas as well – seems patient and sturdy.
I have learned that teas stored as maocha then pressed into a cake lose something vital in the process, and IMHO do not age well. They are not necessarily “bad”, but they are lacking. This cake suffers that same fate. The material seems robust like a lot of larger leaves possibly grade 8, possibly some huangpian, but this cake is lacking. Lacking flavor, mouthfeel, body, and qi. Its just sort of bland. No way else to describe it. I wish GTH would offer samples, and tea after tea, I am let down again and again. At this point I can’t recommend a single tea from GTH, I can’t risk purchasing whole cakes after being constantly let down, and I have not had one yet that I thought was worth the purchase or much less that I would repurchase. My GTH teas are my least drank teas that I only drink here and there when I forget how unimpressive they are.
Hints of caramel and cinnamon appear with a sunflower seed like lingering taste after. The taste doesn’t change over time and appears to need more steeping time then the usual oolong. Its a rather unique taste, I’ll give it that much.
Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Flowers
The dry leaves have a familiar smell I can’t exactly pinpoint. The first things that pop to mind is a mix of orange and bbq sauce. I know that’s really odd and specific.
It stays very consistent and nets you a ton of steeps. I have been drinking it for hours now. Its has a slight fruity taste and gains a malty undertone after a few steeps. Its to bad this is only available for the month is September with the magazine. Would be a great daily drinker.
Flavors: Fruity, Malt, Orange Zest
Threw a few grams of this in my 60 ML pot and shared with friends whilst play a variety of board/card games. ‘Twas a fun time with plenty of good company, food, and of course tea. I often drink tea alone, but when there are individuals who say, “Hey tea man, I hear ya have the good stuff,” I have no choice but to bring out the ’goods’ and ‘wares’ to celebrate my friendship with people. :)
Anyway, the overall frequent notes were: pie crust, apple (later steeps), and ‘charcoal dust’.
smells like baked apples, cream, yogurt, pie
tastes like plain frozen yogurt, sweet cream, fresh ricotta, coriander, and wildflowers with the tartness of tall dry grass
later scent becomes evergreen flowers and moss in the winter sun
delicately roasty throughout
Flavors: Apple, Coriander, Cream, Flowers, Moss, Sweet, Warm Grass
I’ve been taking more samples from the swap box to work lately, and trying to get the teas which I’d assume to be best western styled, down as much as possible. I have had this gongfu style, too, but I didn’t take any notes on the session though….However, I had decided to brew a variety of teas at work and note as much as I could during my 10 minute breaks….
On the packet I noted: A mild dark chocolate flavor, with a sweet note which lingers in the mouth.
Tea Swap Session/Sipdown
It’s too late to be having a black/red tea at the moment, but I’m also at the point where I’m fully tea drunk, as well as tired. I could easily fall asleep as well as stay awake….I’ve had 9 teas, in total, since 8:30 a.m., so this last one is only adding more to my overly hyper, yet, tired being. I need to end the tea session(s) and head to bed shortly after posting this review. I honestly have so many notes that vary in length, but my mental energy is nearly depleted; however, I could easily read a book, too (I may not retain it easily, but I sure could read something to ease the mind). My notes will be quick, though. I wasn’t 100% focusing on the note taking aspect of the session, but moreorless focusing on the book being read (The Eye of the World: The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, if you must know. It’s a fantastic series which will be apart of the next 6-12 months of my life. I had recently discovered that, after picking the first book up at the library, it’s book 1/14. So far, it has a nice Tolkien-esq vibe to it, so I look forward to geeking out for the next few months while reading the series….I was told that there’s a game based on the series, too, so with further research, I might look for it on the web….)
Anyway, notes: A bit mouth drying, sweet, slightly malty, smooth, creamy, zero bitterness, caramel (aftertaste), and slightly floral.
Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Malt, Smooth, Sweet
Tea Swap Sample
I was drinking this a few days ago prior to a weekend-long camping trip. I wanted to drink something “easy on the mind” to help me go to bed, so that I’d be able to wake up the following morning with ease, rather than struggling to do so on the account of having a puerh or something else that produces high energy.
Anyway, I had a few steeps that evening, taking a couple of notes as I sat and drank. I didn’t complete the whole session in one sitting, but I finished the remainder of the tea the following morning before packing….
Notes: Crisp, light, floral, and soft. There was a touch of astringency that happened briefly due to user error by increasing the temperature too much. However, once the temperature was adjusted back to the original (175 F), everything seemed to go back to normal. The last steep went for 4 minutes, but the notes were depleted at this point. I managed to go 8 steeps with this tea; which was overall quite satisfying.
Bought a one ounce sample of this when I went to Puerh Brooklyn for some Global Tea Hut events. They were not selling whole cakes or I would have bought one. This tea was very good but falls short of phenomenal. It had a sweet taste from the beginning with only a light bitterness that did not last too long. I am not sure if I think this tea is good enough to spend the $108 they ask for it online at www.gLobalteahut.org. I probably have to drinkn it again before I decide that. I did give this tea steepings and I did like it, I just do not know if it is worth that much money for what I believe is a 200g cake. If it were a full sized cake for the price I would be more likely to buy it.
I steeped this ten times in a 75ml teapot with 5.6g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 minute. I could have gone a few more steeps and perhaps will later on today.
So much has been happening and while I have enjoyed myself quite a bit, I really miss the higher volume of engagement within the tea community. Just got done at an anime convention where I cosplayed as Char Aznable; you can see here if you’d like https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154629015982361&set=a.439108127360.221932.714617360&type=3&theater what is awesome about this is that the setup that we are next to is a Make a Wish project (which is why this is the pictured I am using, it means much more than the others)
Anyways, recently I bought this tea that looks all crazy on Global Tea Hut’s website: Aged Mountain Gate. I am almost sure the tea leaves are different that are used because look at it!!!
So the taste is confusing… as I drank it, blindfolded I would have said this is a 1 to 2 year old maocha. The hand pressing on this must allow it to retain that maocha’ness to it where the depth doesn’t withstand as many boiling baths. I am going to store this in my pumidor and hope that it develops more depth or something because right now it’s a mystery; though I am still new to it.
Preparation method: 90ml porcelain gaiwan, charcoal filtered Toronto tap, about five grams of tea, 95c water. Rinse, 20 seconds, 12 seconds, 20 seconds, 30 seconds, 4o seconds, etc.
Dry leaf aroma: vanilla, slight ethanol, dark fruit.
Wet leaf aroma: damp leather, sweet, cocoa, cooked green vegetable.
Liquor: Mostly clear garnet. Slight evidence of oil.
Mouthfeel: strong hui gan, salivation, brothy, mellow, coats the entire mouth, lingering, splashes upper palate, swallows easily, coats throat. Very, very light fine astringency (tongue is slightly fuzzy)
Flavour: sweet, vanilla, baking chocolate, cooked plum, nutmeg, wood.
Flavors: Alcohol, Broth, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Leather, Nutmeg, Plums, Vanilla, Vegetables, Wood
A very yummy tea! Brewed directly in the bowl, and it did turned out great. A light brisk flavour, mild and just the right amount of bitterness. The quality of the leaves were great! Almost every piece developed to a whole leaf in my bowl.