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|First infusion: whole disk in 360 ml pot. Poured about 100 ml into water cooler and then into pot; rinsed for 15 sec and gently poked with a pick to break apart; then discarded water and started my infusion. Poured into water cooler and into pot and steeped for a little over 2 min. Beautiful smelllike honey. The flavour was surprising; kind of like a cross between a weak black tea and an oolong with a sweet mint, floral, and honey-like aftertaste that lingers. Very nice, enjoyable and relaxing. The word that comes to mind to describe the liquor, aroma, and flavour is īgolden.ī This would make an amazing iced tea.
Second infusion: did the same for the first without rinsing and steeped for 2.5 min. Tasted more like a light, clean black tea this time. Slightly more astringent and not quite as sweet but the essence and aftertaste still linger. Definitely going to try a cold brew with this. Very curious to see how it turns out.|
|Teaspringīs brewing time is certainly inadequate: 1 minute will produce only hot water. It needs at least 2 minutes to taste, and 2:30 yielded a nice subtle taste.
However it lacks the heartiness of puerh or the wonder of pure yellow tea (especially jun shan yin zhen).|
|My first experience with this tea was one of irritation: it says that for 150 ml of water, use 1/4 of a coin. Thatīs how much I wanted to make, so I tried to break the coin...itīs IMPOSSIBLE. I had to cut it with shears! A quarter of the coin was lost to dust in the process. Does anyone know how to break these without destroying them?
The smell of the dry coins is glorious...quite sweet and very fresh...floral, fruity and green in such a blend that you donīt make one out above another, or I didnīt.
The description says īmintyī. I canīt taste a speck of mint, but it IS true that as you drink, there is a very strong aftertaste that builds up with every sip, almost an after FEELING, of coolness in the throat. Perhaps thatīs what they meant?
To the taste, this is really lovely. Not too dry (I donīt like teas that dry my mouth/throat) and surprisingly apricot-like. (I usually find descriptions of tea as īthisī fruit or īthatī fruit to be nonsense, but this really does taste like apricot, or peach.) I like my tea very sweet...this is the first tea Iīve had that I considered drinking the whole cup with no sweetener.
I find this tea to be very unusual. The typical TEA flavour is rather weak, but the accents are strong...floral apricot. It *almost* comes across as a herbal tea thatīs been brewed in a pot normally dedicated to a strong white tea.
Iīm enjoying it, so horrible coin format (which is very cute but impossible to use neatly to make just one cup) notwithstanding, this gets 4 stars.|
|A tea I regard as one of my staples. Softly frangrant, a little flower like, clear liquor, comes in compressed gold wrapped medallions. The packaging alone is irresistable. Not a strong flavour. A medium strength, uncomplicated, pure taste is the impression it gives.|
|An interesting curiosity. The flavor to me actually tastes less like white or pu-erh and more like a peachy orange oolong. Itīs a bit challenging to brew to get the best flavor, but washed and brewed at low and increasing temperatures for moderate bursts seemed to work pretty well.|
|Is it now Yel-erh or Pu-low. Whatever, I tried it today not following the brewing instruction instead gave it a first straight blow. I put the whole 5 g disk into my 120 ml pot and steeped it with near boiling water. First infusion for 15 sec, not much aroma and some flavor. 2nd infusion again 15 sec, flavor increased and somewhat astringent, diluted with water. Next 5 or 6 infusions all barely 10 seconds and a rather pleasant flavor developed. Not much of any aroma. Tomorrow I will continue infusing the same brew. I think this tea has something going for it once it is properly aged. Now it has kind of a young, greenish taste. Will report again a year from now. And yes the color of the soup is very pleasant.|
|Iīm sorry but i do not get the love for this transporter freak of a tea accident.
It frankly doesnīt really belong in the yellow or the puerh family of teas, it is a lone soldier, one frankly that should be left to wander its days in solo contemplation.
I will concede that teasprings observation about the dry leaf smell is 100% right, it is really quite wonderful.
However during brewing it just turns into a mono-dimensional, bitter high tight ranged flavoured poor sheng puerh.
Thats my basic problem with it, if this were sold as a puerh i believe many people ould just say, gosh! thats a bad young puerh, age it for 10 years and MAYBE it will improve.
I just canīt help but think this could have potentially been Jun Shan Yin Zhen, its like seeing a beautiful girl at your old school, the one you just knew would be the next Kate Moss, only to see her at a high school reunion 8 times the size and beer stairs down her top.
One has to appreciate the uniqueness of the tea, afterall a yellow puerh, whoīd have funked it.
For that reason alone i do believe its worth the minimum vote of 1 star, but considering everyone is pretty much dying at the same rate i just think life is too precious to squander on what i believe to be a truly revolting tea.
As other reviewers have also noted there is a distinct after taste, alas to my tongue it is distinct but in no means pleasant, it only in fact aids in prolonging the torture.
That being said iīm glad i tried it, im just sad that its not the tea for me.
I am however in the minority so i would say its worth trying.|
|This is a very unusual tea. The taste is light, but the aftertaste is really amazing.|
|This tea is remarkable. The aftertaste especially is wonderful, but everything about this tea is really good. |
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