Well, after yesterday’s caffeine extravaganza, I decided to take it easy and went with a light tieguanyin from a tea friend of mine. It is supposed to be the 2006 pick, fresh from China.
The tea comes wrapped individually, so I opened the pack and emptied the contents into the pot. The tea itself looks remarkably like the other ones I’ve had recently — at least the greener ones. The tea leaves are small, green, and buttery smelling.
When I brewed it it comes out rather light, fragrant, with a good aftertaste. The “cha chi” is not terribly strong though. It seems to tastes fresher than my 2005 stuff, but it is really difficult for me to tell partly because I cannot compare them directly. The amount of tea I’ve used are different because of these annoying individual packs. While they are great for preserving the tea’s integrity over time, it does make tasting a bit more of a guessing game.
I think I need to try another tieguanyin again to compare…. hmmm