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My humans continue their exploration of the teas they bought at the TeaGschwendner tea shop in Raleigh, NC. As always, I was their guide in this tea adventure.
The Subject: China Yunnan Golden Downy Pekoe from TeaGschwendner.
Tea type: Black
Scents, flavorings, etc.: N/A
Aroma, dry: Mild, fruity, planty
Aroma in the cup, plain: Smoky, earthy, spicy, slight tang, no bitterness
Taste, plain: Smoky, earthy, spicy, slight tang, no bitterness
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: Smoky
Taste, enhanced: Smooth. Milk seems to bring out a smoky quality
2nd Infusion: See comments
Chilled: Didn’t do
This is the final tea we bought during our first visit to the TeaGschwendner store in Raleigh, NC. This tea is another reason that the drive was well worth it.
We stayed true to the tea principles of the Little Yellow Teapot and followed the vendor’s label directions when preparing the hot version of this tea:
3g tea (1 heaping teaspoon) per 8oz. cup of filtered, boiling water. Allow to brew 2 min.
However, the label describes the tea as malty, tobacco-y, and truffle-like. Here’s where we have to differ. Sometimes, the terms used to describe tea aromas and flavors are a bit over done. To us, the dry tea has a mild, fruity, planty aroma when dry.
We did 3 infusions, not wanting to waste this wonderful tea made from the leaves and buds plucked from the tips of the tea plant (Camellia Sinensis) branches. If you’re the kind of tea drinker who likes to drink your tea totally unenhanced, you could probably do a 4th and even possibly a 5th infusion. After the 2nd infusion, the liquid tends to get rather light in flavor, so you may need to lengthen the steep time (we steeped for 3 minutes on the 3rd infusion).
This tea is a beautiful example of hand-selected tea leaves. When dry, the leaves and buds are curled into compact shapes. After steeping, they are fully unfurled so that the shape is clearly visible, as you can see in this photo. Wonderful!
Our congratulations to Ryan Hinson, Store Manager, and his staff on an excellent tea.
Disclaimer: We purchased this tea from the company named during our first visit to the store. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.