Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Gold Flecked Green (Organic)

Tea: Gold Flecked Green (Organic)
Vendor: L'amyx
Price: $11.95/ 1.5 oz
Source: Anhui, China
Vendor Description: This fine tea from Anhui province has a floral fragrance and a multi-faceted finish, almost like an oolong.

Leaf: This is a very clean leaf. It is rolled and coiled into little balls, like many oolongs, but not like a jasmine pearl. The leaf has a very dry and almost spicy aroma to it.

1st Infusion: The tea infuses with a golden brown color to it. The liquor is very transparent. It has a lightly floral aroma. The tea itself has a very sharp bitterness to it, and an almost metallic flavor. The flavor is reminiscent of a dragonwell, but much more mild and subdued. There is a medium sense of astringency as well.

2nd Infusion: This infusion has a sharper aroma to it, and a less bitter flavor. The flavor is still somewhat bitter though, and it has a bit of a nutty taste.

Rating: 3/10

Conclusion: This tea was rather unimpressive. It has all of the traditional makings of a Chinese green tea, but weakly seems to do so in many ways. The only truly impressive aspect about this tea was the used leaf. It is very vibrant in color and has some beautifully preserved leaf forms to it. The general flavor of this tea though was somewhat offputting, and continues a rather unimpressive string of teas from Lamyx.

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