I wanted to start by thanking Yunwei tea for the opportunity to try all of these
amazing teas! They offer a tea "flight" which is a box of 7 of their best teas you can try all at once.
The tea flight only costs $20 and is a very good deal considering you can try 7 of the best teas from China in one shot! Make sure you know how to brew before trying them out though!
In this review, we are going to do things a little bit differently. I am attempting to brew the tea "gongfu style" which means lots of leaves, very little water and very short steep times. I will try to get at least 5 brewings out of each of these teas, but I may stop if I can no longer get flavor out of the tea. the first 3 steepings will be about 10 seconds and then I will add 5 seconds there on out. This is a very fun way to brew tea, and if you haven't tried it yet I would really recommend it. It lets you appreciate each layer of the tea at a time, instead of all at once. This is a good way to pick up on all the subtle complexities of the tea, and have a truly enriching tea tasting experience. Anyways, let's get started!
The smell of the dry leaves is earthy and a little bit smoky. There are some mineral notes in the aroma but not as strong as I would’ve thought.
The first steeping is bursting with flavor. There is a light floral note, creamy finish and a little bit of a mineral flavor in the aftertaste. I was really looking forward to this nice mineral flavor, it is slightly gritty and delicious. I’ve missed these Dancong oolongs.
The smell of the wet leaves is one of the most intense I’ve smelled yet. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I do get that kind of a complex sourness coming from them. I’ll have to refine my nose a little bit to pick up on this scent but for now I am just enjoying it.
The second steeping is quite creamy. It has a nice amount of bitterness to it, which gives it a nice round full-bodied flavor. I notice a beautiful mineral type flavor in the tea that I am so glad persisted after the first steeping. I’m really starting to feel the effects of this tea. I’ve drunk only like half a cup and already I’m feeling energized.
The wet leaves are losing a bit of their aroma but the still have a warm and welcoming scent to them. They are starting to lose some of their more powerful notes and picking up that “wet wood” aroma.
The third steeping is sweeter than some of the others I’ve had. It still has a nice full-bodied flavor to it and a pleasant bitterness. I am getting some of that famous “raw honey” flavor with this. The aftertaste is still quite strong
I really enjoy the beautiful fragrances of these teas. It is so rare to get this past the 1st steeping but I get it after the fourth steeping! The taste is really quite strong with a pleasant bitterness and a lovely astringency.
This fifth steeping is still very delicious, but it is beginning to taste like a low grade oolong. There are fewer aromatic notes and mostly just the full bodied flavor of the tea. That being said there is still a strong aftertaste that lasts for quite some time.
Overall, I think this is the best tea I have tried from Yunwei so far. I will have to bump it to the top of my rankings. My new rankings are as follows:
#1 Almond Aroma Dancong Oolong
#2 Zhengshan Chigan Red Tea
#3 Unroasted Pech Kernel Dancong
#4 Mengsong Gushu Sheng Puerh