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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…

 

new to the tasting table..

some late night Silver Needles tea tasting has led to a wee dust off of the weblog…

i will try to retrospectively add some posts and do my best to keep a little more on top of posts here for all those not keen on Fbookery…

and so-

fresh teas to the tasting table, bagged and packed for this weekends’ markets…
L-R Bi Luo Chun Org. green, Okayti Org. Darjeeling first flush, Jungapana Org. Darjeeling Muscatel second flush and Mokalbari Estate Assam Golden Tips
Four fresh 2014 teas, distinct and tasty….each a beautiful representation of their style and quality…

AvailableSaturday atFlinders Street Market- Adelaide’s weekend artisan market or Sunday at The Market Shed on Holland…(AND Thursday next-13th- Organic Corner Store)
come try some and make it yours soon…
fresh AND best….! yum……

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)

great new shipment from nepal

So finally The Tea Catcher has his face out in the public and, new sales combined with the previous constant trickle of tea sales, the larder was nearly bare….!

To the rescue the fab team supplying us from Nepal…..et viola, nearly 50kg of super re-ordered Tea Catcher favourites (New Season Fresh Guranse Organics-green, first, second, autumn flushes, Earl Grey, Arya Tara Silver Tips

and more) AND FRESH NEW TEAS (inc. Jun Chiyabari Himalayan Jade Hand-rolled Organic 2nd flush(*see below), Mountain Dew Hand-rolled Special first flush, Sandakphu Hand-rolled Oolong)….yum and yippee…!

NB due to the fluctuations in the $A prices of the new season teas will likely rise a little, so head to the shop now or the markets thursdays and sundays, and help clean the shelves and grab some bargains….

The 200g teas will exit the online store soon to make room for new teas but bulk prices always available from theteacatcher@gmail.com

And all of the new teas will be reviewed, priced and posted ASAP…

STAY TUNED AND HAPPY SLURPIN’….!

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..

 

 

have a sniff around or head to the shop !

 

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

 

contact stu- theteacatcher@gmail.com

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 !

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

contact stu- theteacatcher@gmail.com

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….!

have a sniff around or head to the shop !

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

contact stu- theteacatcher@gmail.com

keemun time

keemun time

next up a 2013 keemun-

a Chinese tea classic…a quite broken dark leaf, deep and warm in tone, fresh taste and clean finish…hmmm

(hey fine folk @ThreeDRadio listeners down south, send me yr deets, i will send of a sample and you can tell me if it’s up to chop…..?)

2013 Keemun sample

2013 Keemun sample


anyway, that’s said so off to the 6th? steep of 2013 yunnan yue guang bai (moonlight) tea ..it’s not white not oolong..each pour a little change in tone and taste….small pots, many cups…(and only about 15 more samples to try yet…tough job this tea catching…!)

enjoy….!

have a sniff around or head to the shop !

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

contact stu- theteacatcher@gmail.com

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