Third night running after a spell away from Oolong trying to understand Sheng.
1st Night - Tea Habitat's 1998 Mei Zhan
Coming back to DC, I thought I knew what to expect but this was unfamiliar and had none of the Xiang I was looking forward to. After getting accustomed to what I was drinking I began to enjoy it. It reminded me of a well aged Dry Oloroso sherry, with a lean towards a mid roasted yan Cha. 3rd pot onwards I was really enjoying it.
Last night - Tea Habitat's 2008 Wu Dong Huang Zhi
Huang Zhi is one of my favourites and this was as good as they come, pot after (100 ml CZ) pot of floral, yet woodsy, invigorating and refreshing.
I can see why some refer to Huang Zhi as Orange Flower fragrance, but there is a lot more besides.
I have taken to stuffing my little CZ pots 2/3 full so that I can start the session with several quickly infused brews. So after 3 years and more of weighing everything I am adjusting to feel, but when the need arises to use my larger pots (200 ml plus) I think I shall go back to the scales.
The Huang zhi began as a fairly delicate drink until I upped the times, and when in a rush to finish off the session by exhausting the leaves I upped the times longer than was needed a prickle of attention entered the result in a pleasant way.
Tonight Tea Habitat's 2007 Ba Xian
This is the 2nd batch I have had from Imen and it is one of my favourites when i am not looking for powerful Yan Cha flavours. Immediately I detected the sweet violets that so caught my attention 2 years ago, but I have never seen anyone else use the association so opened Imen's pages to see what she said
This is likened to the Mi Lan group of DCs, honey and Orchids - well subsequent infusions saw me identifying the honey, but I am not familiar with Orchid fragrance - so I shall stick with Violets but refer to them as honeyed rather than sweet
The honey and fragrance lasts on and on through all the infusions.
I started my DC journey several years ago (before I found Tea Habitat) and was unimpressed with Mi lan, Xue Lan, Zhi Lan and Yue Lan
maybe I was too much of a novice at DC brewing, maybe they were poorer commercial grade teas, I enjoyed them enough to persevere with Dan Cong and a selection from Dragon TeaHouse that included Almond, Ginger and Big Dark leaf soon had me hooked. A big white leaf from Hou De and a couple of others dragged me in further and then I found Tea Habitat, still shunning all the Orchid Xiangs I have never looked back.
I do tend too infuse my Dcs a little longer than other people I like plenty of body rather than simply fragrance, my initial forays into DC with Lan Xiangs may have been too lightly infused. But now that I know one of my favourites is likened to Orchid, it must be time to try some top quality Dcs of Orchid fragrance.