Archive for November 30, 2013

a sneeky quick one before sundown…and surprise..!

a sneeky quick one before sundown…and surprise..!

i can’t purport to be an expert on Chinese black/red teas but the quick tasting cup of 2013 Simao Gao Shan Hong Cha from Yunnan was fab…rich, smooth/unctuous with no bitterness or astringency and a lip smacking fruity follow through…cool…

black teas in stock NOW

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chinese tea binge weekend wrap up….

chinese tea binge weekend wrap up….

well this mostly finished saturday night but then the computer crashed out and busy yesterday so….here’s what happened tea wise with up to 10 more pots drawn from the following two teas….

 

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as it sometimes does..

as it sometimes does..

so come monday cleaning up, the Chinese tea tasting experience got me thinking and i set off on a few pots of the new Nepali oolong tea samples…

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steeled for the sheng

steeled for the sheng

 

i havn’t drunk too much raw puerh apart from handfull sizes birds nests the china town used to stock….

 

i reckon my brewing methods were more than a little off…back on track i had a crack last night and today (only daytime photos)…

 

some to learn but both brewed up nicely…

 

first-2013 Changwapu Jingmai Gu Shu Huang Pian,

 

then below-2012 Changwapu Yiwu Zheng Shan Qiaomu Xiao Bing Cha…phew, more than a coupla mouthsfull there..

 

 

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nearly lastly lapsang…

nearly lastly lapsang…

souchong time….

only a few more to go and i have been quietly hiding from these but fears unfounded….

quality reigned and two gently different tea emerged…

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still playing catch up…

still playing catch up…

after this one only 2 to go…! (11yr tuo cha, 8yr pu erh)
so the second mini cake-2012 autumn heavy charcoal roasted zhangping shui xian mini cake– from the famed Zhangping region, another version of narcissus or water sprite (with a fragrance similar to daffodil). another rarity-pressed oolong- the leaf is picked in late sept./early oct. and processed over a month with 8 steps including a stronger smoking/roasting than the last mini cake through a process handed down over at least 5 generations. a deep yellow liquor with a gentle malty/caramel aroma, round, mild, toasty and unctuous without any astringency or bitterness. reputedly “small bag of tea can be brewed for a whole day.” wow…!

another tasty little fella ...

another tasty little fella …


…and 2 aged ripe post fermented tea cake samples to go, followed by a battle off and order choosing….!

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goofy foot gaiwan

goofy foot gaiwan

sneaky pre meeting backhanded brew…

a little too much tea maybe but who needs a short black…!

Mountain Dew Handrolled 2013 Nepali Tea reversed from fairness cup as steeping vessel to gaiwan as cup…handy lid…

2013 mountain dew special handrolled nepali tea

2013 mountain dew special handrolled nepali tea

a tasty, fruity kaBAM…!!

 

enjoy….!

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Chinese Tea tasting…first cab off the ranks..

Chinese Tea tasting…first cab off the ranks..

…is a 2013 Yunnan Hong Mao Jian..

a Chinese red tea (what we would usually call black but i s’pose you can see it in the leaf and brew i reckon..

an April (spring) harvest red tea from the Fengqing area of Lincang, Yunnan, China

enjoy….!

have a sniff around or head to the shop !

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