Spring 2018 Jingmai Yellow Flakes

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Cut Grass, Peas, Sweet, Vegetal, Astringent, Fig, Flowers, Grass, Herbaceous, Orchids, Stonefruit
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Edit tea info Last updated by Martin Bednář
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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 5 oz / 157 ml

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  • “I decided to gongfu in the evening, so I picked this one. Quick (10s) rinse, not boiling water. Took first smell and I feel completely confused. Cut grass — sure. But flower notes for sure, meadow,...” Read full tasting note

From Farmerleaf

The yellow flakes, also known as ‘Huangpian’, are the leaves that became crispy during the wok frying process. This happens because some of the leaves are too mature and have a low water content, once all the water has evaporated, the texture of those leaves changes and they take a green to yellow aspect after drying.

They have to be sorted before the cakes are pressed. The machine sorting is based on color, and it tends to pick out some of the buds as well. These cakes are therefore made mostly of old and large leafs, while also having some buds in it.

Due to the overcooking, the yellow flakes don’t feature a fancy fragrance and don’t deliver bitterness. This is due to a lot of the polyphenols being destroyed due to excessive heat. However, the yellow flakes retain the original sweetness of the tea.

This cake is made entirely from ancient tea garden material. The yellow flakes were stored in Pu’er City for six months before being pressed. Yellow flakes are very suitable to casual sessions and grandpa style brewing (leaves infused directly in a mug). They are very endurant and are both mild and sweet.

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I decided to gongfu in the evening, so I picked this one. Quick (10s) rinse, not boiling water.

Took first smell and I feel completely confused. Cut grass — sure. But flower notes for sure, meadow, some fruits, probably figs!? Stonefruits a bit too.

First steep 12 seconds
The brew aroma isn’t that strong as wet leaves from gaiwan. It is stonefruits, bit grass seed in scent.
Taste is quite flat yet, again with grassy notes with little fruity aftertaste. Bit herbaceous as well.

Second steep 18 seconds
Aroma is stronger, I get more floral notes. Lilac a bit and orchids. Taste is again bit of grassy, with floral-fruity notes. Herbaceous notes gone.

Third steep 25 seconds
Hints of lilac, orchids, jasmine? It is going to different flower profiles? Taste is pretty much same as previous steep.

Fourth steep 30 seconds
Turned bitter a bit. Vegetal a lot. Not much of those wonderful floral notes that were there before.

Fifth steep 30 seconds
This time it is milder with bit more fruity notes. I feel somehow it is filling me, but I need to eat something as well. I feel quite boosted with positive energy, like this tea is something I needed after this long week.

Sixth steep 40 seconds
I think this tea is over. Yes, it could deliver more, but my thermos is empty, tea is somehow bit weak, but again lots of flower notes, with some stonefruits. Kinda astringent too. There were fruit notes again.

Overall, I bet it is not that high quality as it could be. But for evenings like this and for almost a novice (not anymore, I know), it’s nice. Would get more for the price, as 20 grams sample (I think it was more though) was for nice 3 USD. Ageing for year and half probably smoothed it a bit as well. Good for the price!

Togo, as it is gone from Farmerleaf and you would like to try it, we could agree on some swap, I would love what someone, who have so great tasting notes in detail, taste :) You could me write your contact on Steepster message, I can read them, but can’t reply :/

Flavors: Cut Grass, Fig, Flowers, Grass, Herbaceous, Orchids, Stonefruit

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 85 ML
White Antlers

Tea and music-2 things that can often take you just where you need to be!

Martin Bednář

Suggestion for those who are do cleanup of Steepster — check Farmerleaf and Farmer leaf teas; I think they should be merged :)

White Antlers

Martin-I posted this under the ‘clean up’ topic for you.

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