Basic Info about this special Tea
From Qiandao Lake, Chun’an Country, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province.
Spring 2018, April 07th picking.
13.90 /50 grams.
C. sinensis cv. Jiukeng Varietal
Temperature (75 degrees celsius)
Brewing Vessel (Big Gaiwan 100ml)
Grams of Leaves ( 5 grams)
Steeping Time ( less than 15 seconds per infusion, increasing by 10 seconds every infusion)
Number of Total Steeps (8)
Aroma of Dry Leaves (sweet corn, nuts, and a little bit of casis or citrus.)
Aroma of Wet Leaves ( fresh grass, boiled vegitables )
Taste Profile ( see paragraphs)
Texture Profile ( thick syrup, medium bite)
Feeling/ Aftertaste ( bitter with some sweetness.)
Attitude Rank: 6 out of 10.
My first impression about this tea was very decent, as the leaves are pretty green and leaves were unbroken. However, we cannot judge the tea by the appearance, as the taste is the most important. I did see some white furry spots on the tea which was a good sign, showing that the tea leaves are not too old. The tea is not pre-qingming which is an important thing to notice especially for Longjing, but let’s not put assumptions. The dry leaves had a very pleasant roasted aroma, which is good. We will see what we can pull out from the taste.
The first infusion is the most important for green tea, as it shows everything. The number one strength I have to put out fo this tea was the aftertaste, as it is very pungent. I felt the tea lingering inside my mouth for around 15 min, which is impressive. The leaves are of quality for sure. The taste of the first infusion is eggy, and very vegital. Notes of broccoli, asparagus, and cooked beans are strong. The important note of chestnuts or very fresh peas are missing, which isn’t a bad thing but better with for Longjing. This is not a pre-qingming so it is understandable, as the price is probably double or triple the original price of this.
The second infusion was similar, except more of the floral notes came in, and tasted much like a Japanese steamed green tea. The oceanic aroma and taste of umami did remind me of Japanese sencha. Thick and rich sweetness in the brew, but also very persistent bitterness. I am using 75 degree water, so I don’t think that is the problem. Very crisp at the throat, almost drying.
The third infusion was much like a continuation of the second infusion, as there was nothing really happening. The thick body and rich aftertaste is persistent. The taste maybe similar to a Anhui green or Zisun.
In conclusion, the tea is a good green tea, but not a good Longjing. I am being as honest as I am able to, and by no means is the tea bad. But, as a tea reviewer, I do believe I have to be fair and without bias to companies and to the teas. This organic Longjing does have a certification on it, and you can view it here. Great green tea however, especially if your looking for a good tasting organic green tea and don’t want to spend too much on it. In a Longjing, I am looking for a spicific aroma of chestnuts and a roasted aroma.
Teavivre, more reviews are coming soon. Stay tuned.
Award Winning Alishan Oolong from Mr. Lui Zhiqiang
Basic info about this special tea:
Jinxuan Oolong Varietal
2017 Autumn Tea
From Alishan, Jiayi, in Taiwan
1000m to 1500m Elevation
Picked on Oct. 28th
Temperature ( 95 degrees celsius)
Brewing Vessel (110ml Gaiwan)
Grams of Leaves ( 7 grams)
Steeping Time ( less than 20 seconds per infusion, and every infusions increasing the time by 10 to 15 seconds)
Number of Total Steepings: Over 7 strong infusions.
Aroma of Dry Leaves: Nuts, Spinach, Grass.
Aroma of Wet Leaves: Egg yoke, Tarts, Light cream.
Taste Profile: Asparagus, Kale, and some Taro . Very veggie like.
Texture Profile: Smooth, and soft. Velvety texture with sweetness.
Feeling/Aftertaste: Longan, with a Honey aftertaste.
Price: 23.50/100 grams
Rating 7 out of 10.
The leaves look perfectly neat, organised and big. Large, dark green balls usually indicate a good sign. So, I think that the tea does have a very good appearance and when I look into my gaiwan I do not see many broken leaves, so I can tell that these are surely very good quality materials.
The initial taste was very corny, vegetal, and not too floral. I did get a lot of cream and the egg thickness, which was very soothing and comfortable to drink. I would recommend everyone to drink this in the evening as it is a soothing, relaxing tea. I don’t think that this tea had a lot of high notes or that whiff of gardenia that Teavivre was talking about. It seemed more green and clean than most high mountain oolongs.
However, the aftertaste becomes richer as more infusions pass, and my throat feels very good. I also feel that this tea is better enjoyed rather hot than cold because when cold the almost bar soapy, cardboard sort of flavor comes out. I didn’t get too many of the traditional gardenia or sort of high mountain classical flavor. It reminded me much more of like a Chinese Lu An Gua Pian or a Long Ya green tea.
If it had more depth and multidimensional flavors with each infusion, the rating would be much higher. But because this tea was packaged nicely, great leaves, and tasted like a good oolong, I would like to give it 7 out of 10.
Thank you Teavivre for providing this sample, and I am being completely honest with my opinions. There are some very good points about this tea, and I love being fair with everything I try. More reviews coming very soon.