Welcome back Tea Friends!
I can’t believe 7 days have gone by so quickly. One week of wonderful tea makes me one very lucky lady.
What does the end to this week bring?
Chun Xiang (mellow tea class; grade A+) Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea, one of the finest, most popular teas of China, from Anxi County, Fujian province, China. Very lightly fermented, gently roasted, unique in taste and aroma; handpicked and manually processed.
Who doesn’t love Tie Guan Yin? I’m looking forward to sampling this.
In appearance the balls are dark green and medium sized with a few brown and lighter green spots.
They bare a soft yet sweet, floral scent with a touch of fresh cut grass and spring rain.
Steeping Parameters: 5g leaf, 95C water, 250ml vessel
First Steep: 45 seconds
Once steeped the resulting tea is pale yellow with a soft, floral scent and a sweet finish.
The flavour matches the scent. It’s weak with a soft yet perfumed peony tone that becomes a little dry in the after taste.
Second Steep: 1 minute 30 seconds
The leaves are more open now.
Here we go, more floral notes though it remains mellow. It’s like a bouquet of flowers and I’m drinking sap from their petals.
There is also a buttery finish that dissipates quickly before the dry after taste.
Third Steep: 2 minutes
Ooohh yes this is more like it.
The flowers are now met with a mineral, grassy tone and honey sweetness that meld with the butter to slip down so easily. It even makes the dryness seem minor.
It still reminds me of fresh rain in early Spring.
Fourth Steep: 2 minutes 30 seconds
Looking more yellow now and the leaves are fully open.
Very similar to the previous steep though a touch softer. The floral bouquet is milder but still dominant in this super delicate but beautiful Oolong.
My cat became interested in this tea…
And right he should be. It’s a beautiful Tie Guan Yin and it lives up to it’s mellow title.
Thoughts of spring rain in December, glorious!
Join me tomorrow for more tea fun.