Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I finally have decent teaware!
I have two new yixing teapots and two new Petr Novak cups. The gray pot is a short spout to increase steeping time and really push flavors out of Oolong teas. The Orange-Red pot is a Zhuni clay pot that is my new favorite. Both pots are used best with Oolong teas. The two cups are handmade by Petr Novak, they are called "bark cups". They have an amazing natural feel to them they taste great with tea too! Alright enough about my new teaware. Onto the review!
I used my new Zhuni pot to brew this excellent tea.
The leaves smelt of flowers. A mix of orchids and honeysuckles with a hint of rose.
The taste was nothing like the smell at first.The brew remained a reddish orange for all four infusions.
The first infusion was very fruity, I could taste pear and something smooth like banana. A bit of Guava showed itself at the end too.
Second infusion was more floral, not really a strong floral taste but it was there. Different fruits began to show themselves the biggest of which being the pear again but with a sweet grass taste.
Third infusion became mainly floral, have you ever smelt an orchid? that's what it tasted like but sweeter and with a very slight hint of pear.
Fourth infusion was very weak it was just like rose water but sweeter.
All and all I enjoyed this tea very much. I will be having it on a regular bases needless to say.
Now that I have these pots all I need is a Gaiwan and maybe a couple other cups. I think it would be best to find an other yixing for puer as well.
And a special thanks goes out to Bret! thanks!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
I have been looking forward to drinking this puer for a long time, I just haven't found a time that would best fit this tea. Today however was a day for this strong tea. With my AP Biology exam tomorrow I thought it would be a great time to have this tea and relax.
As I took off the top of the shell and broke away the tea an amazing aroma of orange mixed with damp soil.
As the hot water went across the tea in my lidded cup, no not gaiwan I wish, the steam came up and smelt so wonderful. The soup was a dark ruby, once again I am colorblind so I had to ask other people.
The first infusion was very strong. It had a very natural taste to it. Sort of like dark rich soil with a hint of citrus. However it wasn't an orange citrus I was tasting, it was more of a grapefruit.
The second infusion was just as dark but less flavor and the citrus started to be more like a orange or tangerine. also it was less bitter and a lot sweeter.
I got to four infusions before I felt it was to weak of a tea for me. The citrus really starts to come out towards the end though.
I really do love this tea, it made my terrible day of studying worth while.