Wednesday, March 28, 2012
2011 BaXian "Eight Immortals"
Greg of NorbuTea kindly gifted me this sample along with a few teas I purchased.
What I didn't know about this tea was that there was only 4.4kg produced, and Greg had 2kg of it.
Man do I feel privileged!
I must say, this tea was a sight for sore eyes! The leaves are beautiful, both in shape and color. I had been wanting DanCong for a while and this tea definitely sufficed!
The aroma was strong and marvelous!
Very floral with notes of raw honey, melon, and fresh spring water.
This tea smells like it was just harvested and produced! DanCongs have a way with enchanting aromas.
When I put the tea into a warmed clay gaiwan, the aroma of the dry leaves was even stronger, and a nutty almond fragrance appeared.
If I had to stop here with this tea, I would still say it was a successful tea session.
I felt like I had already tasted it.
Fortunately for me and you, I had no restrictions and so I poured the water and watched the leaves swirl.
The resulting liquor was perfectly balanced.
It had the aroma of spring flowers, and a sweet, smooth taste that reminded me of tropical fruits.
Astringency lightly bit the back of my tongue and made me want more...more...more...
I was impressed to say the least!
This tea is stellar.
Its well produced and was obviously cared for at each point in its existence and production.
The leaves make a dancing display like I have never seen.
The flavor is crisp, fresh, and ripe.
I only have a few more precious leaves left and I will brew them with care.