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10 July 2006 @ 09:56 pm
Feng Qing 2003 Zodiac Mini-Bing  
Sample courtesy of marshaln

Year: 2003
Producer: Feng Qing Tea Factory
Region: Unknown
Buy it at: Nowhere!
Leaf: Small, broken/chopped leaf. Some silver tips. Compressed well enough.
Infusion Parameters: 6g in 120ml gaiwan. 10s rinse, 60s+ rests, 15s, 15s, 30s, 30s, 30s, 30s, 45s, 60, ...


Flavor Notes:
1: Green tea. Not too smokey. Kinda sweet already. Agreeable.
2: Smoke, meaty, astringent. Bitterness fleeing the fiery crime scene.
3: I took a risk, and it's bit overbrewed. Still, it could be worse. Thicker and lingering, but the flavor is the same, perhaps a little hay added. Bitterness upon swallowing.
4: Same.
5: Florals peek out of the bitterness. Otherwise, it's the same.
6: Citrus, fruity after bitterness now. Florals gone already!
7: Florals back? Smoke took a while to fade away completely.
8: More interesting than before. Citrus, hay, finishes clean and lighter. Salty?
9 & on: Bitter, consistently mild without losing much flavor.

Everyday kind of pu. Nothing brash, a little boring.

It'll turn into something over time, I think. Maybe something as mundanely aged as it is mundanely young now.

Would I buy this tea?:
Maybe. I'm a sucker for mini-bings!

Current Location: 90004
Current Mood: artisticartistic
hobbesoxon on July 14th, 2006 08:09 am (UTC)
Yes, I've just finished ogling those exact utensils in the teaporn thread.

Phew - I think I need to lie down.