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16 February 2006 @ 10:41 pm
2004 Ron-Zhen "Camellia Flower" Anniversary Raw Beeng - Sample  
Ron-Zhen 2004 Camellia Flower Anniversary Raw Beeng - Sample

Ron-Zhen 2004 Camellia Flower Anniversary Raw Beeng Sample - wet flower closeup

Year: 2004
Production: Ron-Zhen Dadugang Tea Factory
Region: Xishuangbanna
Available: Hou De Asian Art (full cake, sample)
Leaf Description: "4th Grade" leaves and camellia flowers. Leaves are dark & twisted, few silverly leaves, a few very small twigs (stems?).

Infusion Parameters: 10s rinse, 60s rests+, 20s, 15s, 20s, 45s, 75s, 120s, 180s, 240s, 300s
Ron-Zhen 2004 Camellia Flower Anniversary Raw Beeng Sample - brews
Infusion 1: Strong flavor but not bitter, a little smokey, softly floral but not the sharp jasmine of other cakes; it's unique and subtle.

Infusion 2: Bitter now, but mild, astringent, lingering jasmine, with a sweeter floral aroma.

Infusion 3: A little bitter still, fresh wood flavors, but a surprising note of fruit appears, like apple. Floral note is less pronounced here.

Infusion 4: Woody, bitter on the middle of the tongue, with a dry finish. Fruit flavor not present, florals still mild.

Infusion 5: Fruity again, like apples or pears or stone fruit. Dry floral finish.

Infusion 6: Very floral and bitter now, perhaps oversteeped. Fruit flavors are gone again, still dry finish. Quite surprised that the leaves are holding out so well.

Infusion 7: Spilled most of this one. OOPS! What was left in the cup was a little fruity and smooth.

Infusion 8: Mild, easy to drink. Floral notes are the most pronounced, still very astringent. So much for pu-erh promoting salivation! Perhaps that's only aged and/or cooked puerh.

Infusion 9: Brewed out. A little flower, a little fruit, but barely there.

The camellia flowers are a new flavor for me. They're very subtle in here, and not having tasted pure camellia flower I can't say if the unique fruitiness is accountable to the flowers or the leaves. It was a good tea to have young, and perhaps it'll age well as it seemed to hold its own for eight infusions. I didn't feel quite the connection or Qi or whatever with this cake. I didn't get flush. A good cake nonetheless, particularly well-rounded in flavors where the other cakes I reviewed have been heavily floral and bitter.

Ron-Zhen 2004 Camellia Flower Anniversary Raw Beeng Sample - dry leafRon-Zhen 2004 Camellia Flower Anniversary Raw Beeng Sample - wet flowers
davelcorp on February 18th, 2006 05:40 am (UTC)
Wow, I go away for a few days and I come back to tea review galore. BearsX3, you have been very busy with your camera (and gaiwan and tastebuds)!
Thank you for all of the reviews. You include nice details and useful information. It is obvious that you are putting a lot of time and effort into doing this.
Hopefully, I will sit down with the camera and document some of my recent tea adventures in the next few days.

drinking: 70's Leaf-Buds-Enhanced Chi Tse Xiao Huan Yin, 15g sample from HouDe. Arrived today and just sat down with the first steep. I'll make sure to let you know about this one in the coming days.
[satyriasis] - Jasonbearsbearsbears on February 18th, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words :) I'm hoping to sample as much as possible before my trip to Beijing so I can better focus my taste buds for what I find there.

I am very interested in that sample you're drinking. I look forward to reading about it.

I received a pack of sheng samples from Jing, so I have about 13-15 more teas to sample. Get ready for more! Next up: 2005 #8542-503 cake.