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Subjective vs Objective

it’s likely that tea tasting in the light of day may lead to a clearer, scientific and objective review…this does not always however, allow for the mood and mystery of time and place…(but certainly makes it easier to photograph…!)

often for me the times post 10pm allow the calm, quiet and stillness of myself, and surrounds, to backdrop the tasting experience and allow the tea to talk…subjective

translation of tea talk too can find itself easier (at least to write, if not to read) and the tone generally more fun and floral than a drier, more objective (and certainly still relevant) review…

this state is not, of course, always restricted to late evening but a reminder for me to find a few minutes out of the day to really enjoy these simple pleasures….(and hence possibly avoid the madness of tea slurping sleep deprivation,…but anyway…)

and so this eve more sample teas

Darjeeling Second Flush Oolong

Darjeeling Second Flush Oolong

(thursday seems to have come early this week…?!)…so for tonights supping pleasure …
first a beautiful Darjeeling Second Flush Oolong– while not in the classic Chinese or Taiwanese style, to the nose and tongue this super quality tea screamed “fresh”…fairly delicate in taste and gentle in colour of liquor, steeping saw it awaken and reveal a leaf recently picked and delicately preserved..
i am continually amazed by the ability to unlock so many tastes and sensual experiences when water is added to tea…
(luckily i suppose, my life would be fairly dull if all teas were dull, stale, broken and bagged…the beauty of this tea begins with the dry leaf- obviously carefully picked and processed, full of whole leaf and tasty tips….now, what’s next….?!)

Darjeeling Golden Delight Second Flush

Darjeeling Golden Delight Second Flush

so for dessert…
another Darjeeling Second Flush, this time Golden Delight
as mentioned previously, i am slowly getting a grip on these golden beauties, from Nepal, to Darjeeling, to China there are many common characteristics in tone, taste and colour and they can all handle a handful of judicious (experimental…?!) baths…
from 90deg.C and rising with length of submersion this tea reminded me (and possibly some older Aussies) of Acta-vite- malty and toasty with a hint of the bitterness of cacao…yum (no super sweet Milo here..!)
as you can see, the dry leaf is full of buds, covered in pretty golden hairs that infuse to reveal an even, chocolatey looking needle and a beautifully dark coppered brew, full bodied and tasty…
see the The Tea Catcher Himalayan Shangrila Golden Tips for more info on beautiful golden/black tea in stock now…

 

at the market shed

a few shots of the action The Tea Catcher style at the Market Shed at Holland St, City…thanks again to all the fine punters and stallholders and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year….oh last minute#presents still available if needed….!
( am happy to courier ) http://theteacatcher.com.au/?page_id=16

NEW teaware just landed….!

Samples no more, all of these tea accessories on the shelf in multiple numbers…(and a little more is still to come…)
though some 3 pieces, some 20, get in fast if keen….a perfect #gift..orders over $50 will get to you, if local enough, before the 25th…!
some great teas to be posted ASAP too to drown in these lovely pots…
enjoy…
(before they make the shop just send us a word if keen theteacatcher@gmail.com)

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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head to the shop !

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….!

have a sniff around or head to the shop !

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night cap- head down, bum up

night cap- head down, bum up

and finally as a nightcap i couldn’t resist sticking this little fellas nose in a cup…

2012 spring anxi light roast “yan cha” oolong…yum yum yum…

i will be getting more of this to share…yep, that good i reckon..

how many more pots before sleep i wonder….?

…(sleep?)

head down bum up anxi

head down bum up anxi

enjoy….!

have a sniff around or head to the shop !

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

contact stu- theteacatcher@gmail.com

got a tea table…and more late night oolong

got a tea table…and more late night oolong

with new a new tea table plumbed up water was tossed around again and again…fun

So begin your own tea experiments and enter the wonderful world of taste, experience and learning…!

buy now at the shop…!

…the morning after…

…the morning after…

the aftermath of late night Chinese tea tasting…overflowing pots with spent but still beautiful leaf..

many cups went through the 2 pots and gaiwan on the tea tray..glass pot-"white peony", gaiwan- "gao yin ya" green, clay pot- autumn anxi benshan oolong (fresh pot and cup- Nepali special organic oolong)

many cups went through the 2 pots and gaiwan on the tea tray..glass pot-”white peony”, gaiwan- “gao yin ya” green, clay pot- autumn anxi benshan oolong
(fresh pot and cup- Nepali special organic oolong)

the small clay pot nearly filled the plate when emptied, neck deep in oolong...1/3rd into the new Chinese adventures with more green, oolong, red and post fermented teas to come...

the small clay pot nearly filled the plate when emptied, neck deep in oolong…1/3rd into the new Chinese adventures with more green, oolong, red and post fermented teas to come…

So begin your own tea experiments and enter the wonderful world of taste, experience and learning…!

buy now at the shop…!