In addition to the TaiPing HouKui I bought from JK Tea Shop, I also bought a sample of their LiuAn GuaPian.
This tea is supposed to be shaped like a melon seed, as its translated name suggests.
Personally, I cannot see the resemblance.
The tea is quite a vibrant green, and probably one of my favorite shades of the lovely color.
Visually, this tea is very appealing. The leaves are in uniform shape and size for the most part, and one can tell that time and effort went into producing this tea.
The aroma of the dry leaf hinted a vegetal sweetness, not quite unlike the TaiPing HouKui.
A creamy scent arose from the package as well.
Lime is present in the liquor. A cold menthol (mint, camphor, cooling) feeling was present as the tea made its way down.
The vegetal sweetness in the aroma had morphed into more of a string bean type vegetal in the liquor.
The astringency had quite a presence on the tongue and on the sides of the mouth, although this could have been part of the cooling feel aforementioned.
The second infusion was disappointing.
My notes read; "Tastes...fake. Bean flavor still present."
I do not know how to accurately describe how a tea would taste "fake," but that is what I felt.
I believe this mostly to be an operator error on my part, because the third infusion was much better after a tweaking in brewing parameters.
beautiful tart, vegetal sweetness.
I felt that the third infusion was well balanced in terms of how the flavors should be matched and the levels at which they should present themselves on the palate.
Much enjoyed for several more infusions.
Da Yu Ling, winter 2015
2 hours ago