Jin Guanyin tea from Norbu (http://www.norbutea.com/JinGuanYin?category_id=5
): 7.5 grams of a 50 gram bag in 120 ml "hei dan shi/黑膽石" stone teapot. This is the first time in a while that I've poured with this teapot; it is thin-medium walled, light in the hand, and pours immaculately. Checking Norbu today I see that this tea has sold out and I can see why. It's an incredibly pleasant greener TGY, brewed as it was, very buttery, complex, full mouth feel ("baoman/飽滿") and a sustained green-floral-sweet linger in the throat. The tea expressed quality longevity across rounds.
(*For anyone that hasn't seen so already, Norbu's Jan.1st-Jan.31st 25% off sale is still in effect.)
Tried a sample of Red Blossoms Heritage Huang Guan Yin yesterday. Not a bad tea with lot of strong floral perfumey notes, good mouthfeel and a spicy finish but the experience was ruined by a strong harsh unpleasantness in the throat, I would say almost corrosive sensation, that I suspect must come from use of pesticides/agrochemicals in the production of this tea. Not very nice!
I like red blossoms teas in general, but think I'll steer clear of their yanchas from now on.
Sure TeaArt. Nothing unusual, I emptied the full sample pack into my 70 ml yancha pot. It took up about 1/3 of the space, so slightly less tea than I usually put in when I brew yanchas. The tea was very broken however and lots of small pieces. I washed the tea and brewed short infusions 5-6 seconds from the start and then increasing to 15 by the 3rd brew. I brewed the fourth brew considerably shorter but it still came out with that burning feeling in the throat. I threw away the tea after that.
Math, thank you. The only tea I've drank from Red Blossom is their Dong Ding Charcoal Roasted Formosa Wulong. I enjoyed it very much and it is a quality example of what a roasted Dong Ding tea can be. I've also ordered one of Xu De Jia's chawans from them. I'm surprised at the intense effect ("corrosive") and it made me curious. I can't say I've ever had such an experience and was curious to see if what you brewed the tea in heightened any possible intense outcomes. I'm curious what they'd do if you contacted them in regards to the tea's corrosive outcome.
Teaism wrote:Lovely shot.
+1 The more time I spend on TeaChat, the more I realize I'm going to have to acquire some photography skills to do justice to the beauty and process of tea.