The challengerReview by Freddy
- I feel its a challenge, either you like it or not. This mainly floral autumn tea is rather weak on the soup, so it may have to be brewed with upped amount or extended brewing time. Because it is a autumn tea, it's got different unusual characteristics compared to spring tea. But its not hidden at all, the name is in the title, so customers should know what to expect. Location might be close to Yiwu but there is not much typical Yiwu sweetness, the cake is a bit like the smell of foliage with a floral character. I suspect it may be overpicked a little, but the basic material seems to be good. There is some clear astringency when brewed too hard, that makes this cake somewhat challenging because it's got a rather weak base, so the brewing need to be "pushed up". Although with the recent price drop i think its worth it to try it out and prehaps a interesting new experience into the world of autumn teas. (Posted on 8/17/14)
A gem of a teaReview by swapilot (from Steepster)
- This is my first sample from Eugene and Belle and it is a gem!!!! The smell of the leaves is that of green hay (my grandfather was a hay farmer) with a slight floral accent. The soup is a very light honey in color and smells like green hay mixed with flowers with a bit of smokiness thrown in. The taste is excellent. It is a very bold fruity/floral mixture with a beautiful huigan and absolutely no astringency. The energy of this tea is incredible, long after drinking this tea my taste buds are still excited and I can still taste the tea itself. I will be ordering a bing of this gem!!!!! (Posted on 7/27/14)
Revisiting old friends...Review by DP
I am quite partial to teas from WanGong and DingJiaZhai. As such, I bought this cake when it first was released. Pretty much immediately after pressing. (Living in Shanghai has it's advantages when it comes to shipping times). When the tea arrived I felt it was a bit muted, and it was this that led me to put the tea on the back burner for awhile. While there was no astringency, it also didn't have as strong fruity notes as some of my other teas from the area had.
Fast forward one year and I recently revisited this tea. I can say without a doubt the change is very pronounced. It has become fruity and strong. Very viscous with a great mouthfeel. Nice huigan.
My only regret is that I did not buy more of this tea when it came out. Lately it has become my go-to cake, and as such, it is looking pretty thin. Will probably pick up a tong of this before they run out.
-DP (Posted on 4/6/13)