I’m finally back on Steepster. The last week has killed me. My entire family has been sick, thankfully not with COVID-19, and I did not get any rest this weekend due to running errands for them and assisting with the installation of the new computer and security systems at the home office and at one of our commercial rental properties. There were all kinds of little issues that required troubleshooting from the get-go, so of course we are still not done with everything, and I will be working on this stuff more this week and over the coming weekend. Anyway, I wanted to take a few minutes to pop off a couple more reviews and figured I’d start with one of my more recent sipdowns. I finished my 50g pouch of this tea a couple weeks ago. Yunnan Sourcing’s Da Hu Sai Village Wild Arbor Black Tea of Yunnan is one of their offerings I buy almost every year. I can always count on it to be solid, and that’s exactly what this spring 2018 tea was.
I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a quick rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 194 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was chased by 15 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, and 7 minutes.
Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves emitted aromas of malt, cream, cedar, tobacco, pine, and black raspberry. After the rinse, I detected aromas of roasted almond, roasted peanut, honey, and butter. The first infusion introduced aromas of earth and baked bread as well as a subtle cinnamon scent. In the mouth, the tea liquor presented notes of malt, pine, cream, cedar, baked bread, and roasted almond that were backed by hints of honey, earth, butter, brown sugar, tobacco, black raspberry, oats, and sweet potato. The bulk of the subsequent infusions coaxed out aromas of red apple, camphor, vanilla, orange zest, roasted hazelnut, sweet potato, and brown sugar as well as subtler scents of chocolate and black pepper. Stronger and more immediately notable impressions of earth, butter, oats, sweet potato, and brown sugar appeared in the mouth alongside notes of minerals, red apple, roasted peanut, camphor, black pepper, orange zest, pear, black walnut, and roasted hazelnut. I also detected hints of chocolate, grapefruit pith, vanilla, and cinnamon. As the tea faded, the liquor emphasized notes of minerals, malt, baked bread, cream, earth, and orange zest that were balanced by lingering hints of pear, roasted almond, butter, chocolate, tobacco, and black walnut.
As mentioned earlier, this was a solid Yunnan black tea. Compared to the two previous productions, I found it to be a little less appealing, but it was still a more or less very satisfying offering that had held up very well in storage. Yunnan Sourcing is three for three with their Da Hu Sai Village black teas as far as I am concerned.
Flavors: Almond, Black Pepper, Bread, Brown Sugar, Butter, Camphor, Cedar, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cream, Earth, Grapefruit, Hazelnut, Honey, Malt, Mineral, Oats, Orange Zest, Peanut, Pear, Pine, Raspberry, Red Apple, Sweet Potatoes, Tobacco, Vanilla, Walnut