zondag 24 maart 2013
I've had no experience with Chinese green tea so far, except one little cup long jing at teaworld last year. The translation of this tea should be 'jade snail', the reason why is because the leaves are rolled into a spiral resembling a snake. It's grown in the guanxi province, the typical cultivar in that reason is Ling Yun Bai Hao. It's a quite distinctive leave with lots of creases.
All in all, I loved this tea and I won't hesitate to buy it again. Next to my beloved Taiwanese oolong, I might buy some more Chinese/Japanese green teas. The wonderful thing about tea is that it's an endless journey with so many different tastes to explore. I've always considered whisky to be the most complex beverage on the planet, that idea changed when I started exploring tea.
I don't know where this blog will be heading in the future, perhaps I write nothing for a while or it could be something completely unusual. I will have to give it some thoughts.
Geplaatst door Rist Van de Weyer op 05:11
zaterdag 16 maart 2013
|Barely any chlorophyl|
This tea has drawn my attention and convinced me to try some more japanese teas now and then. It'll be a new chapter in my tea story with a lot of failures and moments of joy.
Next week: my first Chinese green tea!
Geplaatst door Rist Van de Weyer op 04:47
zondag 10 maart 2013
I hope that soon I'll be able to buy some new tea from different merchants, it's kind of strange to review 4-5 teas from only 1 person. To make it clear: I'm not sponsored by anyone, just a student who cannot afford buying tea from many different merchant and mainly relies on samples.
Now back to the tea: try it and I will ensure you that you will like it!
Geplaatst door Rist Van de Weyer op 03:47
zondag 3 maart 2013
I've been reluctant trying this sample, it never felt as the right time to brew and the fact that I only have 1 sample adds to the anxiety, as David Bowie continues singing : 'We can be heroes, just for one day'. While yesterday my taste seemed to be back to normal - had a cold for a few days- today it seemed it be less sensitive again.... though there is no way back now. The smell of the dry leaves were surprisingly refreshing and citrus like, a bit different than most gao shans.
In my next reviews, I'm planning of using the gaiwan again for making reviews, it feels more objective and truthful compared to using a clay teapot. Perhaps later on, I will add an extra note to some teas to compare the differences between gaiwan/teapot.
The leafs of this tea are one of the thickest I've witnessed so far, they are tiny and look juicy.
It seems I've only reached the tip of the iceberg with this tea, it has a lot more of potential but I will need to spend a few more tête à tête's with this tea to find it. It's about time I get a student job somewhere to make that happen...
Note from the author: apologies for this below average review, I feel in lack of inspiration and motivation today - my brain seems to have forgotten all English. While some people say it's better to write nothing than something bad, I feel that making a habit of writing something weekly is something that will bare its fruits eventually, consistency is key. Lately I've started training for powerlifting and the motto there goes: It's better to have a bad training than none. While this review has been a struggle to get through and I almost decided to stop halfway, I did persist and learned a great deal. I hope you readers won't be to harsh on me. Thank you for your patience with this blog and still reading it every week, it gives me great joy and motivation to keep writing.
Geplaatst door Rist Van de Weyer op 02:55