Oolong Tea

Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat Where Have You Been? (Featuring Li Shan Oolong review)

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Well I have not been to London nor seen the Queen. And for those of you not familiar with the nursery rhyme then here you are. Pussy Cat Pussy Cat.

Still it begs the question, where exactly have I been? To put a long story short I have been down the road of self discovery and have been improving myself, both mentally and physically. Since January I have lost 7 stone (98lb), have passed a theory driving test with my practical exam booked, given up alcohol and have finally started to pull myself out of my bubble and began to talk to new people and make friends. A lot of these things people automatically do and take for granted but I have always been a very negative person with a lot of self loathing which meant that a lot of things did not come so naturally to me. Basically that is it, and while I continue to focus on my well being and positive energy I thought it was time I came back. I had missed the tea world greatly!

For a quick review while I work on a review from Canton Tea (which I hope to have done by the end of the week) I have sampled Li Shan Oolong from London Tea Club.

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Steeping Parameters:
Leaf – 5g
Water Temp – 90 C
Method: Gaiwan 100ml
Rinse: 5 seconds

The leaf is tightly wrapped into good size (around 4mm) balls that consist of deep brown and green colours with a subtle yellow tinge near the stem. They have a high gloss appearance and the stems almost look like golden tips.

Scent is thick with sweet grass, honey and cream notes. Very beautiful!

First Steep – 40 seconds
Pale yellow colour with a sweet honey, cream scent. Reminds me of sweetcorn and honeysuckle flowers.

Flavour is soft with grass, honey, cream, floral (honeysuckle, peony, gladiola) notes and a dry yet perfumed after taste. The pre rinse has truly opened up the leaves to unleash it’s beautiful flavours. Also I know gladiola may seem a little random but it was the first thing that really sprang to mind in terms of flowers so I wrote it down. Wonderful first steep.

Second Steep – 50 seconds
Still light in strength but has smoothed out a little in this steep. More grassy and dry and a touch less sweet. Still very floral and with dryness. Also would say it’s lightly toasted. Like fresh flowers and grass that have been dry toasted in a hot pan for thirty seconds.

Note: The after taste now starts to taste like sweetcorn. It’s sweet but also dry, fresh, juicy and lightly earthy.

Third Steep – 1 minute
Note – More yellow in colour but still remains light.

Light but with a stronger after taste than previous steeps. It starts sweet and mild but grows into thick grass with flowers and that touch of dryness that makes it almost perfumed. Also still getting a lot of cream notes but less toasted element.

Fourth Steep – 1 minute 15 seconds
Still a lot of flavour and very beautiful, fresh floral notes. Very smooth and well balanced, the dryness has not increased. I would also say I detect an element of fresh hay.

Fifth Steep – 1 minute 30 seconds
This is the first steep that actually has reduced strength and flavour. It no longer has sweetcorn or sweet grass notes, in fact the sweetness only remains through the flowers which still hold strongly. The cream however is still just as wonderful as the first steep. Also still smooth but an increase in dryness.

Sixth Steep – 2 minutes
A very light steep, all that remains is gladiola and cream with a dry finish.

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This was a wonderful tea and I dare say one of the best Li Shan that I have had in a long time, perhaps even ever! To me this is what hot days are all about.

Rating: 9/10.

2 thoughts on “Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat Where Have You Been? (Featuring Li Shan Oolong review)

  1. What a wonderful review!
    Reading about the changes you’ve made in how you look at life is so inspiring, too, especially being a person myself that needs that extra shove to do anything out of my comfort zone.
    Thanks for such a great post! 🙂

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