Hey there Teacups! It’s time again for another Let’s Talk Tea Post, this time around I’m going to be featuring Wudong Tea’s – Ya Shi Xiang. As you all know I’ve loved all the Tea’s I’ve tried from Wudong Tea so far and this one was no exception. (If you haven’t read my pervious posts featuring Wudong Tea you can find them here) – Pre-Warning – I absolutely adored this tea so this post is going to be a long one you might want to make a cup of tea and grab some snacks.
Floral – Sweet – Honey – Orchid – Mineral – Vegetal – Fresh
Tea Varietal: More than 100 years old
Origin: Fenghuang Mountain Chaozhou – Guangdong Province
Harvest Time: 2017 Spring
Tea Master: Song Lin
Pinking Standard: Two or three half – matured tea leaves
The lightly baked large leaves made my gaiwan look as if it was overflowing due to how large they are. I use 4g for this tasting session and no matter the amount I had used my gaiwan would have looked incredibly full. All the Wudong Teas I have had the pleasure if trying have been that way though they are all always of such an excellent quality. I’m yet to have had any broken leaf in anything I have tried and to have that kind of quality be consistent just puts this company even higher up in my books. I guarantee that once I’m done with trying the samples I was very kindly sent I’ll be ordering so many more of their teas. (Especially this one)
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I used 4g of this tea and my biggest gaiwan. In total I managed to get 13 steeps done and each one of them was amazing. This is by far my favourite of all the tea I’ve tried from Wudong Tea it has such a complex flavour profile that changed and developed throughout all my steeps.
Flavours: Almond, Anise, Apricot, Earth, Grain, Honey, Lemon Zest, Lychee, Marshmallow, Mineral, Orange Peel, Orange Blossom, Pear, Popcorn, Rose, Rye, Stone fruit, Peach, Sugar, Vanilla, Vegetal, Toast/Toasted.
So, as I said before I managed to do 13 full steeps with the 4g of tea that I used. My first steep was 7 seconds and from there my steeps were timed like this 9,13,17, 21,25,30, 40, 50, 1 min, 1 min 15, 1 min 30, 2 mins. After I did the rinse I was hit with a strong floral and sweet aroma that filled my room in an instant I knew from that moment that this oolong was going to be phenomenal. The first steep surprisingly brought out notes of vanilla and honey as well as strong floral notes. Taste wise this first infusions tea liquor offered notes of cream, nectarine, rose peach and orange blossom with herbal and vegetal underpinnings towards the back of the mouth. Quite a few steeps after that were quite heavy on both vegetal and floral notes but around steep 9 notes of sweet orange, lemon zest, roasted almonds and minerals. I won’t lie I was a little bit surprised when these notes came through because it appeared that within just 6 steeps this tea had completely changed, and its flavour/aroma profile just didn’t stop expanding and developing. This was the first Ya Shi Xiang that I have ever tried, and I think I’m hooked already I’ll certainly be looking to try some more of them throughout the rest of this year. I can only imagine that they will all be as amazing and complex as this one is. If you’re going to use the same amount of tea that I did I wouldn’t take it any further than 13-14 steeps, it’s starts to run quite light towards the end and all of it’s best qualities are completely lost.
I will be ordering more of this and a lot of it at that it’s my absolute favourite out of all the Wudong teas that I have tried and now that I have none of it left I’m sad about it. So, I’m taking that as a sign that even though I have quite an extensive collection of tea I need more Ya Shi Xiang in it it’s just not complete without it. I could honestly see myself drinking this daily and I think that says something about how great this oolong really is considering how much tea I drink on a regular basis.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
You can find out more about Wudong Tea here and purchase this amazing tea for yourself here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on twitter or Instagram and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
Speak to you all on Friday. Happy Steeping – Kimberley