Tea: Xu Fu Long Ya
Vendor: Tea Spring
This is my first time having this tea, though every time I go to Tea Spring's site it has teased me. This year I finally gave in to it.
The first thing that struck me upon opening the package was the tiny leaves (looks like they are almost entirely buds or one leaf-one bud sets.), and the intoxicating smell. They smelled very green and had an aroma that makes me think of something slightly spicy... I want to say black pepper.
|Dry leaf in my cha he (presentation vessel).|
For my next tasting I approached much more cautiously. I still went heavy on the leaf, but kept the temperatures near 160F. The result was a much better tasting brew with little astringency and virtually no bitterness.
My first infusion was steeped for about 45 seconds (most cautiousness on my part) at 165F. Very light green-yellow colored liquor. The aroma was sweet and vegetal with a slight spiciness. The taste was very mellow and sweet in the back of my throat. This reminded me a little of a yellow tea I had from this vendor before. There is a slight astringency. This is either a very fickle tea or the astringency is just unavoidable.
|First infusion in the cups.|
The second infusion was very similar to the first, at least to my inexperienced palate. The wet leaves in my gaiwan smelled like steamed sugar-snap peas. Very sweet and vegetal like the liquor. The tea still hints that it's being steeped at too hot a temperature.
In the fourth infusion I taste a slight butteriness after swallowing. The spiciness that was present has given way to a very weak floral note. The leaves in the gaiwan have cooled and smell much more grassy than before.
|Much of the tea slips through the gaiwan into the filter.|
Next I will be doing a post on the Long Jing I received from this vendor and possibly a green TGY. Hopefully at the end of this week I will also be ordering a few sheng pu'erh samples that I will post my experiences with.
Thanks for reading everyone! Cheers.