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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…

 

website update- Herbal tisanes

I am slowly but surely getting the webpage dusted off and up-to-date….

A link here to new pages on Herbal Tisanes for those that need a late night or tasty, healthy drink….

sun dried wild rose buds

sun dried wild rose buds

For news on Sun Dried Wild Rose buds, Superior Chrysanthemum, Tulsi Herbal Tonic or the soon to arrive Rooibos, click on the link or head straight to the shop….Enjoy

 

 

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

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

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

contact stu- theteacatcher@gmail.com

or head to the shop

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 !

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

 

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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…

have a sniff around or head to the shop !

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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….!

have a sniff around or head to the shop !

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

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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….!

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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