I’d first like to start off by thanking Teagini for the opportunity to try some of these amazing teas! They offer some amazing and unique teas, and I feel so lucky to get the opportunity to try them!
This tea comes to us from a family farm in the Fujian province, a location that has become world famous for producing some of the best quality teas. What is rare about this oolong, is that it is actually pressed into a cake like a pu-erh. What you will find out from my tasting is that this tea shares a lot in common with other teas that I’ve tried in the past, and it combines these elements to make something entirely unique altogether. This particular tea cake is the Grade “C” which doesn’t neccesarily mean it is higher quality, it means that it is picked later on in the season.
This tea is produced by gathering leaves together and then placing them on straw mats. Then hot air is blown underneath them. This is called “withering” and it is one of the processes unique to oolong production. The leaves are then tumbled and dried even more and then they are eventually pressed into cakes using a wooden mold and a pestle. Here are some of my tasting notes from this incredible tea:
I put a cake of this tea into 250 ml of 80 degree water and allowed it to steep for 5 minutes. I then poured the first cup, and let the rest of the tea remain in the water, to see how much flavor I could extract.
The Grade “C” is much lighter in taste than the Grade “A” tea. A clear, pale liquor almost similar to a white tea.
It's not as easy to pick up on some of the floral notes. They are still there and they taste amazing, but I find myself searching a bit harder for them.
I will say this tea is a bit sweeter than the last one. I would almost call it a dessert tea. It’s very smooth, subtle and sweet.
I know this is against the rules, but I actually would recommend steeping this tea a little bit longer. What I normally do is I steep for the recommended amount of time and then I leave the rest in the pot until I finish the cup. I have to say, the flavor keeps getting better and better. The liquor gets a little bit darker and all the wonderful characteristics of this tea only get brighter and brighter.
The tea does begin to get a little bit more astringent with longer steepings, as it starts to taste more like its “Grade A” counterpart.
Overall, it is still very fresh and floral. It tastes a lot like an Iron Goddess of Mercy but with more of a sweetness to it. I think this tea is very good, and actually it is better than the Grade “A” if you are a fan of sweet, dessert teas. It does not have as powerful of a flavor as the Grade “A” and for that reason, I must say it is not my favorite of the two.
I tried steeping this tea a second time, and I must say it does not lose much of it’s flavor. You can still get a taste of the more complex notes, although they get fainter as you go along with subsequent steepings.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to try this amazing tea! I would like to thank Teagini again for this amazing opportunity. This is quite a rare tea, and I feel lucky to be able to try it. In the coming days, I will be reviewing a lot more of these teas so stay tuned!