2006 Wild Peacock raw – Essence Of Tea
Price: 14p ($0.21) /g
Note: I received 20g of this free with my order.
Summary: A tea with heavy smoke; average base material showing slight almond notes. Characterised by a strong wood/ash note in the beginning. Body is ok. Finish is smoke-heavy, but it’s ok. Not a long brewing tea. ~5 steeps. I’d have to partially disagree with James of teadb with this tea. I think the smoke would put me off if this was my first tea.
Dry: Smoky cheese – same as other EoT teas so far. Very dark brown, flat piece. I received one chunk, leaves and dust (to get the 20g I assume). Later the aroma is that of a black bin bag (unused of course). Very high compression, similar to that of a Xiaguan tuo. Looks similar to 2000 Green Stamp…
Wet: Med electrical smoke. Faint log burning smoke. Later raisins.
Rinse: Bright, clear light golden.
10s – Med golden. Watery, soft wood.
Rest for 8 minutes 58 seconds. Watching teadb’s latest video – a review of this tea.
15s – Darker med golden. Ok the first sip: soft, no bitterness, rounded. There is a strong note in the body like a wood burning note. It stands out. That note remains solidly in to the finish, finally appearing in the throat as a dry, thick wood/ash note. It is sweet, rounded and friendly, but lets keep an eye on that wood/ash note. Not oily; medium thickness.
20s – Med golden brown with an orange tinge. The body consists of raisins: some sour and astringent. The smoke is thick and doesn’t move; it is even peppery. Is the tea well integrated with the smoke? No, but it has a bite to it which I like.
20s – Med golden brown. Lost that orange tinge. Heavy, rounded smoke. Tea is weakening. Heavy smoke can be tasted after drinking, but it’s not to bad if you don’t mind smoke.
25s – Med golden brown. Base material is average, although it does have a slight almond note. Drying my mouth.
35s – The smoke is slow moving, while the tea is faster moving.
50s – Med golden. Flat, bitter, even sour…