Saturday, April 17, 2010

Guangdi Song Zhen

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.

The leaves, once unfurled, are a marvel.

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.



  1. All teas are a present, I find. Even the worst teas still get their chance. Some presents are more appreciated than others. But, as always, it is the thought that counts. That is very nice of Jing Tea Shop. I wonder if I will receive a similar sample with my order.




    The warmth of the tea in your stomach, and the quiet time for oneself...those are always highlights of a tea session, and are gifts in themselves. I always do my utmost to have my tea in as quiet an area as possible. I find that if there is too much distracting noise, it actually makes the flavour of the tea harder to grasp. That's what happened last night. My roommates were watching the hockey game with several people, and were making a good amount of noise. I tried, at first, to have my tea in the same room, but found I couldn't concentrate on the tea. I retired to my room, which was much quieter, and found that the tea came alive again. Never underestimate the importance of honing the senses.

    P.S. The used leaves look beautiful!

  2. Fox,

    Indeed I do believe you will receive a sample!
    I think they put them in with every order of tea! Good way to earn customer loyalty.

    I agree completely with your idea of silence to aid one's senses!
    My favorite thing to do, drink tea outside. Tea is of nature, and is best enjoyed in nature, for me that is.
    Tea is very personal though. It just depends on what one likes!

  3. Well, once the weather is stable and pleasant, I will be sure to try having my sessions outdoors. The weather is always so damn erratic in the transition between winter and spring (warm and sunny one day, and then cold and rainy the next, and often juxtaposed in an annoying, irregular manner).