Sunday, March 10, 2013

Peony Tea Shop Golden Cassia

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: gold

I love when I find a tea that is so amazing that I have to struggle to describe it. That is exactly what happened with this tea. The dry leaves had a fantastic smell to them and I found myself nose deep in the sample bag. Even after steeping it was incredibly aromatic with strong and sweet floral notes. The mouth-feel was smooth and buttery. With each infusion, a pleasant vegetal aspect became more pronounced. It almost reminded me of fresh baby spinach. The leaves unfurled quickly but maintained their flavor through four consecutive steeps. They were large in size and had a beautiful dark green color to them. I've really enjoyed all of the teas that I've sampled from Peony Tea Shop but I think that this one would have to be my favorite. I'll be needing to restock on oolong to brew in my yixing tumbler soon and this one may just be it.

You can find out more about this tea here.