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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…

 

arya tara white tea silver needle time

arya tara white tea silver needle time

As some sun peeks through the grey….

time for Arya Tara White Tea Silver Tips, 3 steeps @ 75 deg. for 2 mins ….

all 3 superb as the needles slowly opened and gently gave up their delicate joys…

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

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Tea Labeling Nomenclature

Tea Labeling Nomenclature

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SFTGFOP

S-super
SFTGFOP(1)—sometimes used to indicate the very finest

F-finest
Finest TGF OP—highest quality grade (Note: “Special” is occasionally substituted for “Finest”, with a number 1 at the end to indicate the very finest), often hand processed and produced at only the best plantations, roughly one quarter tips.

T-tippy
Tippy Golden F OP—the highest proportion of tip, main grade in Darjeeling and Assam

G-golden

F-flowery
Golden Flowery: includes very young tips or buds (usually golden in colour) that were picked early in the season.

O-orange

• Color: The copper color of a high-quality, oxidized leaf before drying, or the final bright orange color of the dried pekoes in the finished tea may be related to the name. These usually consist of one leaf bud and two leaves covered in fine, downy hair. The orange color is produced when the tea is fully oxidized.)
• (The Dutch House of Orange-Nassau, now the royal family, was already the most respected aristocratic family in the days of the Dutch Republic, and came to control the de facto head of state position of Stadtholder of Holland and Zealand. The Dutch East India Company performed a central role in bringing tea to Europe and may have marketed the tea as “orange” to suggest association with the House of Orange.)

P-pekoe
(The origin of the word “pekoe” is uncertain. One explanation is it is derived from the transliterated mispronunciation of the Amoy (Xiamen) dialect word for a Chinese tea known as “white down/hair” (白毫; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: pe̍h-ho). This is how “pekoe” is listed by Rev. Robert Morrison (1782–1834) in his Chinese dictionary (1819) as one of the seven sorts of black tea “commonly known by Europeans”. This refers to the down-like white “hairs” on the leaf and also to the youngest leaf buds. Another hypothesis is that the term derives from the Chinese báihuā “white flower” (Chinese: 白花; pinyin: báihuā; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: pe̍h-hoe), and refers to the bud content of pekoe tea.)

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