A new set has been released from work in celebration of the Chinese New Year. As it happens to be the year of the dragon, head office has come up with this commemorative set.
It has 100g in total split between the tins. The teas are Green Dragon (Green Oolong), Red Dragon ( Dark Oolong), Dragon Eyes (Jasmine Green Tea) and Dragon well (Green Tea).
The company has the following description on the website:
“In celebration of Chinese New Year, Teaopia has curated a hand selected collection of our finest teas to commemorate year of the dragon. The dragon is the mightiest of the Chinese Zodiac signs. The symbol dates back to 3,000 BC ,and is admired for it’s uniqueness, beauty and auspicious powers. This beautiful set comes with 4 Dragon inspired teas including two specialty teas. “
Over the next while I am going to do small tastings in a gaiwan of each tea. This is in preparation of my commencement of the Tea
Sommelier Program at George Brown College in the spring. My aim is to broaden my pallet. Each tasting will be done along side with Teaopia description of the teas, which is printed on the back of the box. I hope to “look” for these notes that they have found and at the same time find my own description for them. Till then じゃね！
Company Description: This Indonesian Oolong is oxidized very tenderly providing the tea with a very fruity flavour. If you are new to Oolong tea the Sumatra Highland Chin Chin is great for beginners and is perfect any time of day.
Liquour: Golden honey yellow
Infusion 1: Strong smell of shrimp crackers (krupuk) in the tea.White peach, apple, sweet and full bodied taste. Leaves smell sweet and flowery.
Infusion 2: Leaves smell like sweet baked bread. Warm honey on bread smelling infusion. Apple juice and cinnamon,milk, warm and full bodied taste lingers.
Infusion 3:Fadeing smell of krupuk and more frsh bread small. Honey and apple tase.Leves smell like warm honey.
Notes: Been debateing doing full tasteings for a while, this will be the first of many. The many things that remind me of my own conections to Indonesia come through in the tea. Nasi goreng rice, the spices, stories etc. This is the first tea I have tried from Sumatra and I wish to try more after this. I used a gaiwan as oposed to the Teamaster at work, the full flavor is killed when it is brewed in those plastic devices. This Oolong has earned a place in my tea cubord and will be getting a Yixing dedicated to it quite soon. I just need to decide where to get one. Work or pay a visit to Tao Tea Leaf. We will see what happens. I will be trying different teas often from not only work but other tea houses in the area and Davids Tea which is much like Teaopia in style. Look forward to it. I know I am.