zaterdag 26 januari 2013
In contrary to many people, I actually prefer the first brew of a tea; it's the sweetest, creamiest and most fickle brew of them all. When it's hot, it's sharp and flowery with a hint of caramel sweetness yet to come. When cooled down a little bit, it becomes the opposite: thick, caramel creamy; I almost dare to say vanilla-ish.
One last picture to end this blog. The contract of the red clay and the dark green tea laves is magnificent, it reminds me of big red mountains covered with trees. When soil and plant embrace eachother again, wonderful tea is the result.
Geplaatst door Rist Van de Weyer op 03:30
zondag 20 januari 2013
Well, I'm going to drink another cup and go back to study; agricultural laws and regulations..... fun!
Geplaatst door Rist Van de Weyer op 02:37
zaterdag 5 januari 2013
PS: apologies for the picture quality, for some reason my camera doesn't perfom well when it's grey outside. It needs natural light.
Geplaatst door Rist Van de Weyer op 04:38
woensdag 2 januari 2013
I decided to brew this roasted tea in my teapot because I feel they receive a fuller, more rounded body. The first odors of the warm leaves is a combination of honey covered bread with Eastern spices (cinnamon, clove), swiss milk chocolate and a bit of oakiness - it almost feels like i'm describing a speyside whisky over here. It smelled promising and the taste didn't let me down, it felt exactly like the nose. It might be a bit boring sometimes, when the nose is exactly the same as the mouth but you know what you'll get. It's extremely frustrating when you've got a great nose, get your hopes up high and then everything falls apart with the mouth. When the tea was still hot, I also could notice some citrus and flowers in the end with an aftertaste that didn't stay there for too long but long enough. As it cooled down, the milky chocolate notes became more prominent. One of the later brews (I think I made 5 in total), I did in my gaiwan to see what would be the difference. The creamier, chocolate notes disappeared but instead I received a nice bouqet of flowers.
Geplaatst door Rist Van de Weyer op 04:39