Wow, can’t believe it’s been 2 months since I’ve posted here. That’s got to be my longest stretch ever. Part of it is life getting hectic over the past several weeks and another part is due to inertia and losing a bit of interest in Steepster. I’m still drinking tea and all but these days log my sessions in the MyTeaPal app. It’s so much easier to jot down and organize tasting notes this way than manually writing everything down in OneNote and then transferring to Steepster through a browser later.
I have to say this app is everything I had hoped Steepster would one day become. Despite the recent improvements, the site still feels stuck in 2011. I had DMed with the app creator on Instagram a while back about the possibility to linking MyTeaPal to Steepster. I guess it wasn’t technically feasible since MyTeaPal recently launched their own social network that allows tasting notes to be published and shared. It’ll be interesting to see how it grows over time and whether it can rival Steepster’s repository of tea reviews. I really hope that Adagio can take the site in a similar direction because outside of core users, it feels like Steepster is slipping into oblivion.
Anyhoo, I’ve mostly been sipping down the teas in my collection for the past couple of months to clear the cupboard for new spring teas. Amongst them, was this Dragonwell that had been sitting in cold storage for many months. Long jing is one of the greens that tends to do well in the fridge.
There was quite a bit of broken leaf but that could have due to how it was stored. Regardless, it still had a fresh aroma of chestnut, snap pea, and crisp vegetables. I used to grandpa steep it when it was fresh but it doesn’t do so well anymore when steeped this way. It’s strong with a flavor that leans savory and sometimes borders on astringent. However at this stage of the tea’s lifecycle, gongfu is where it’s at. It transforms the tea into a thick, delicious sweet dew with notes of pea, cucumber, and flowers. It fades rather quickly though to a stewed green bean taste.
Overall, I’m pleased with how well this tea has held up given the Covid related shipping delay last year and how long its sat in my fridge. My Chinese greens from Teavivre are again delayed this year (43 days and counting…grrr) but hey, at least I can be assured that my dragonwell tea won’t suffer as much from the loss of freshness.
Flavors: Chestnut, Cucumber, Flowers, Honey Dew, Peas