Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Winter Da Yu Ling 2012
2 weeks ago, I tested it with porcelain (article in French). Today, I'm enjoying it in a zhuni teapot!
Harvested by hand on September 14, 2012.
Origin: Da Yu Ling, Taiwan
Elevation: 2300 meters high.
Process: unroasted high mountain Oolong.
The fresh fragrances of the dry leaves have sweet grass and flowers notes. Alpine air!
As for your body, when you hold a cup with both hands, your reach is shortened, but you feel more balanced and centered. And the slow movements help the mind to calm down and focus on the tea experience.
The Da Yu Ling Oolongs are a class of their own. This batch is a very good example of the characteristics of this high tea mountain. Its taste is so light, pure and harmonious, but at the same time it has so much power! The belly feels warm and this heat reaches hands and feet! The finish is long and evanescent. The delicate sweetness coats the mouth with a minty feeling on the tongue.
High Mountain Perfection!
More brews follow... and more... and more...
The brews just turns slightly more yellow and the taste slightly stronger. But it's amazing how pure it still tastes.
The buds show signs of having been eaten by some insect. The leaves feel soft and strong.
The aftertaste lingers on. It's a little bit like light static electricity in the mouth and on the tongue. It keeps on vibrating at a high pace. Or, you could also say that it's like very fine Champagne bubbles!
Combine this delicate electricity with recurring sweet aftertastes and a fresh, flowery fragrance and you have the Da Yu Ling Oolong experience brought by a top grade Yixing zhuni teapot.