Friday, July 20, 2007

"90's Jiang-chen yuan cha"

I've had this sample for several months, but I didn't write detailed tasting notes for it yet.

When I first tried this tea, it was the only aged sample I liked out of the few I ordered from Houde. Since I last tried it, I found that I don't like adolescent sheng much at all, so I wonder if I will still find this one to be as enjoyable as I used to.

5g in an 8cl pot. 2 Rinses (one to loosen the leaves, and one to wet the rest), 15s, 15s, 15s, 15s, 20s, 20s, 20s, 30s, 45s, 60s, 60s.
The large chunk (Not the amount I used):

Dry leaf aroma: Camphor and a slight "aged" aroma. It still smells a little young.
Wet leaf aroma: Same, with a slightly damp aroma.

1: Creamy smooth and sweet. The light shu-ish creaminess remains while more flavor slowly creeps out in the aftertaste which is not much different than the aroma.
2: The slightest bitterness came out, and a stronger aged flavor is mixed with the slight creaminess. While it only had a slight bitterness while drinking it, it has an odd bitterness that lingers on.
3: About the same.
4: camphor is coming out more, and it's tasting younger.
5: same
6: After brewing this, I noticed that there is a tobacco aroma in the leaves.
After several infusions, a long rest, and a few more infusions at night, I had to finish this tea the next day.

Wet leaves:

Overall, it seems more aged than I remember, but it's still fairly young. Aging it longer would probably improve it greatly.