My order from dragon tea house arrived today. First time I've bought from outside Ireland, and first time using a teachat recommended vendor! Woah, does it make all the difference.
Opening the bags, the aroma from each of my teas hit me in the face full on, so much more concentrated than any tea I've bought here, a much fresher scent in each. The leaves look more consistent and colourful, all round the quality (for a CHEAPER price) was fantastic! Must say, it makes all the difference!
I bought a Taiwan Alishan High Mountain Oolong, which to my untrained palate is extremely similar to the Tie Guan Yin I had previously.
Second was a Premium An Ji Bai Pian Green, which was very sweet and fresh tasting, and such a beautiful green coloured leaf!
Finally a Supreme Bai Hao Yin Zhen White, that intrigued me. Unlike my previous experiences with white tea, the aroma was overwhelmingly intoxicating from the dry leaf. The first brew yielded a delicate sweetness with a grainy, almost rice like flavour lingering in the backround and long after each sip. However, on second brew this flavour was absent sadly, and the flavour diminished quite quickly! Subsequent brews were more astringent, delicately sweet as the first and I guess slightly "vegetal" as the bag suggested, which in my words would be slightly grassy. I think this tea holds more exploration, and next time I'm alone I'll put on some music and really explore the hidden flavours.
Hope this isn't wrongly placed, I wanted to share my first really enjoyable purchase with you all, as opposed to rating each tea separately!
I'd love to hear from anyone who has tried these, and your recommendations on brewing temp., quantity etc...
For reference I used:
Oolong: 4g, 120mL gaiwan, 6 sec infusion + 2 sec per next subsequent infusions.
Green: 3g, 120mL gaiwan, 30 sec infusion + 10 sec per subsequents.
White: 5g, 120mL gaiwan, 30 sec infusion + 30 sec per subsequents.