This was a small sample that Jing Tea shop sent with my order, so I thought I would take it for a session.
The leaves are very pleasing visually. The leaves and buds are formed into needle like spears, mostly covered with fine white down.
I like a tippy chinese green.
The leaves smell of honeyed grass, with a background nutty aroma.
Typical chinese green.
The first infusion is bright in color, and flavor.
It is mostly representative of the honeyed grass, but with a pleasing astringency tacked on.
Taste buds tingling.
The second infusion brings out a sharp grassy flavor.
A good sharp though, not a stinging, unpleasant sharp.
The lingering taste is present of the nutty scent found in the dry leaf.
Third infusion is honey dominant. The sweetness of some greens surprises me.
The kick of spicy radish is what the aftertaste says in this round.
In the fourth infusion, the tea is exhausting its final flavors.
A smooth sourness stays with me for some time.
This is an excellent tea, very representative of what the chinese can create.
This tea was nothing extraordinary though. I would not go out of my way to find it.
Just another green.
A happy introduction, or, a welcome home present to myself.
Da Yu Ling, winter 2015
18 hours ago