vrijdag 17 mei 2013

EoT's half-handmade rou gui 2011

 Yancha... the tea where so many people are lyrical about. A tea that sounded appealing to me, nevertheless it was unable to convince me... until today. What made this breakthrough happen? It's a very simple answer: using more tea. A few days ago, when I tried it with a smaller amount of tea, it left me unsatisfied and regretting the money I've spend. Again, it confirmed my dislike for yancha. Today it was a totally different story. I was preheating my gaiwan, walking around to find some stuff, not really expecting anything of this tea. I threw the rest of my sample in the flaming hot gaiwan, put the lid on and went to check if our wood stove was still burning. Unprepared of what was going to happen in a few seconds, I removed the lid of my gaiwan... and that was the moment when the yancha intoxicated me with its magic, it's beautiful, sweet and fruity magic. After smelling it for I don't know how many minutes, I gave it a rince and started smelling again. If you would be able to capture this smell in a perfume,you would be a millionaire!

The fragnance of this tea was sweet, thick and fruity. When tasting, the smooth roasting felt like a panel, on which were painted other flavours as peach and longan. Couldn't get enough of it, as it warmed my body on this cold, rainy day with it's rich and full flavours. After 3 steeps, its fragnance became more mild and it's palate less complex but still thirst quinching.

Now, lets just pray I can control my hunger for more yancha because I'm quite sure my wallet cannot handle such cravings every day!

zaterdag 4 mei 2013

EoT's TGY 2011 autumn harvest

According to Hobbes, I seem to be one of those 'fascinating girl-man hybrids' who enjoy a refined cup of Tie Guan Yin. TGY seems to have a lot of characteristics we consider feminine, well now I happen to be a healthy, young man with a healthy appetite for woman... or TGY in this case.

On their website it says this is an organic grown Tie Guan Yin - which seems quite difficult to find nowadays- produced from older treas around Yaoyang village in Xiping, Anxi.

It's dry aroma is already pungent and has a lovely lavender touch to it.

Yesterday I already did a small session with this tea, today I decided to throw in the rest of the sample I bought. The gaiwan packed quickly when the leafs started to expand though no bitterness made way to the brew, no matter how long I steeped it. What I like about this particular tea is its amazing aroma, it's so pure and penetrates deep into your olfactory system, resulting in great satisfaction.
It has a thick, full and buttery mouthfeel gradually changing into a subtile, lingering perfum that starts in the throat and goes way up to your nose. It's flavor profile is quite consistent though is able to keep you interested enough with minimal change. Later on it might become a bit more fruity/soapy and the buttery feeling fades away. On a warm day like this, it cools the body, making it a great refreshment during the heat of the afternoon- yes, to me 23-25°C is scorching heat until my body had a few weeks time to adjust.

The leafs vary a lot in size but all of them are stugg and thick, resulting in many enjoyable brews.

As always I'm pleased with EoT their teas, they might not be for everyday drinking, atleast not for me, but I thoroughly enjoy the few occasions I can drink them. They have what I'm looking for: pure, clean and refined teas. I'm sad this session is finished already, going to try to push them leafs for the very last time.