So I put the new pot into action today, using it to brew that Yuqian Jinxuan tea. It is a fairly typical Taiwan oolong, not of the highest grade, but not bad at all. The tea leaves are rolled fairly tight (and small) and rather green. Smells fragrant when dry, and smells even better when brewed. It brewed a golden coloured liquor, and is relatively full bodied for a Taiwan oolong. All in all, a very nice tea, and lingers in your mouth for a good while. I am not sure how much of this is due to the pot, and how much is the tea itself. Perhaps I can try it with a gaiwan and compare, but then again, I don’t have THAT much of this tea, so I shouldn’t waste it like that. This is the tea:
Looks just like most oolong. You really can’t tell much just by looking at the tea. Smelling it gives you a few clues as to what it may be, but the real characteristics of the tea only come out if you brew it.
An interesting note though about the new pot — the colour of the pot, especially its interior, changed markedly yesterday after the boiling. I don’t think I’ve seen it happen that quickly before, and perhaps bodes well for the ability of this pot to make nice tea. I am rather happy with this purchase, and do hope that it will, in time, make a great cup of Taiwan oolong. Anyway, here are a few pics of the pot.
I put a penny there for a scale.
None of this, of course, is possible if my girlfriend weren’t in Beijing, didn’t buy me the digital camera, the tea, etc etc. Many thanks to her for supporting my habit :).