This is only a short blog post about our new fresh TEA arrivals from China. They will be up on our page very soon, so look out.
When the T-box arrived we were so thrilled that we forgot the time of the day. We have started to open all T-bags like frenzy addicts, soaking the aroma of each tea deeply into our lungs, while admiring the perfectly shaped, unified, unbroken leaves of different hues and shapes. This is a spring 2019 pluck of mostly green teas with one white, one wulong and one black tea. It is so fresh that we could have run around the walls in pure bliss.
So here it is a short preview of what's coming! Beware.... some of the teas are limited edition, so we have only a little in stock (we will try not to drink them!)
1. Yue Guang Bai “MOONLIGHT” from Yunnan
Leaf: Huge silver hairy buds with a little of big purple leaves. Aroma sweet, strawberries, cherry blossom and eucalyptus.
Infused leaf: Buds large and light green in colour. Aroma of green grass, clove, herbs and vanilla.
Liquor: Crystal clear, banana-like cup. Aroma of honey, violets & straw. Mouth-feel smooth and roundy, delicate with notes of strawberries, dried herbs and eucalyptus. After-taste clove, vanilla and honey. No acidity, a little astringency.
2. Bi Luo Chun “SPRING GREEN SNAIL” Imperial grade, pure bud
Leaf: Beautifully rolled silver buds into tiny snails. Strong aroma of lily nectar, honey and biscuits, absolutely overpowering.
Infused leaf: The buds are light green, smooth and perfect. Floral bouquet is almost opiated, tulips, peonies, lilies with hints of vegetal (sweet peas) and a tiny hint of peach notes.
Liquor: Crystal clear, light golden cup. Aroma of tulips, sweet peas and cream. Mouth-feel silky, juicy and delicate with notes of orchid nectar, peonies, honey and butter. After-taste sweet, floral and vegetal. No acidity, a little astringency.
3. Anji Bai Cha from Zhejiang
Leaf: Perfectly shaped long, light green bud and leaf – into sort of two fork shape. Aroma of green veg such as courgettes, spinach, green pepper with huge notes of cocoa and nutmeg.
Infused leaf: Beautifully bright green almost yellow needles. Aroma of courgette, sweet peas and nutmeg persist.
Liquor: Crystal clear, very light & bright yellow-green cup. Aroma sweet and vegetal. Mouth-feel silky, crisp and round with notes of courgettes, sweet peas and cocoa. After-taste is beautiful floral and sweet and very gentle. No acidity, no astringency.
4. Long Jing “DRAGON WELL” Imperial grade from Hangzhou West Lake
Leaf: Big, light green bud and leaf, pressed into flat shape – resembling the top of spear. Aroma of Geranium, mint and creamy cashews.
Infused leaf: Beautiful light green pointy bud and leaves. Aroma of sweet peas, broccoli, cucumber and cashews, very fresh.
Liquor: Crystal clear, very light & bright yellow-green cup. Aroma vegetal (broccoli) and nutty (cashews). Mouth-feel juicy, soft and astringent with vegetal notes of courgettes, sweet peas and asparagus. After-taste is crispy green, herbal and nutty (hazelnuts – it's more roasted than cashews). No acidity, pleasant astringency.
5. Long Jing “DRAGON WELL” Premium grade from Hangzhou West Lake
Leaf: Big, light yellow-green bud and leaf, covered by hairy pekoe and pressed into flat shape – resembling the top of spear. Aroma of violets, asparagus, hazelnut and white pepper.
Infused leaf: Beautiful light green pointy bud and leaves. Aroma of sweet peas, honeysuckle and thyme.
Liquor: Crystal clear, very light & bright yellow-green cup. Gentle aroma of honeysuckle and asparagus. Mouth-feel soft and astringent with vegetal notes of courgettes, sweet peas and asparagus and hints of violets & dandelions. After-taste is crispy green, fresh and nutty (hazelnuts). A little acidity, pleasant astringency.
6. Lu Shan Yun Wu “CLOUD MIST ” from Jianxi
Leaf: Dark green leaves, sleek, tiny and shiny with silver buds – needle like. Aroma creamy, vegetal, straw and umami.
Infused leaf: Bright, long green leaves & buds. Aroma of steamed veggie and cream.
Liquor: Crystal clear, neon bright green cup. Aroma vegetal (broccoli) and nutty (cashews). Mouth-feel thick almost syrup like and creamy with vegetal notes of courgettes and asparagus and umami taste. After-taste is crispy, herbally and astringent. No acidity, pleasant astringency.
7. Mi La Xiang Dan Cong “PHOENIX DAN CONG” from Guangdong Wu Dong mountain
Leaf: Big, curly brown & yellow well dried leaves and buds. Aroma woody, minty, cocoa and caramel.
Infused leaf: Dark green, lightly twisted needles. Aroma of wood, mint, geranium and ocean air.
Liquor: Crystal clear, deep apricot-like cup. Aroma spicy, woody and floral. Mouth-feel crisp, wild and soft with fresh green wood, violets and apricots taste and a little vegetal too. After-taste is zesty, umami and fresh. A little acidity, pleasant astringency.
8. Jin Jun Mei AA Premium grade from Fujian Wu Yi Shan
Leaf: Tiny twisted golden super hairy and light buds – absolutely stunning to look at. Aroma of dark chocolate, gently smoked wood, liquorice and dates.
Infused leaf: Tiny, unified and beautiful needles, the colour of leather. Aroma of caramel, wood and gentle light smoke.
Liquor: Crystal clear, deep forest honey-like cup. Aroma of gentle light smoke with spicy, woody notes. Mouth-feel soft, velvety and syrupy with fresh green camphor wood, dates, chocolate and caramel taste. After-taste is sweet, full, velvety. No acidity, a tiny astringency.
Gosh! I really did try to narrow this post :)