Premium price but a lovely experience.Review by Rasseru (from Steepster)
Lightly roasted, sweeter than savoury (honey), a bit of cinnamon & almond. The liquor aroma is as good as the aroma from the gaiwan. Its pretty nice if you like more of a dessert aroma to your yancha. Some fruit in there as well as Orchid. Its not super thick/glossy/creamy/oily but sweet & smooth.
The first four steeps were the nicest, after that the taste and aroma faded into drinking soft pearly water, which is still nice, & with camphor hints that was quite interesting. By the 7th steep I was on 1:30. I think I did 0/5/8/20/30/1:00/1:30, but with half the recommended, 3.5g/100ml, 90-95c. Final steep 2:00 @100c
Premium price but a lovely experience. Next time I will bite the bullet & do 7g/100ml and flash it with boiling water – I think it can take it, and a longer session will be greatly appreciated.
Flavors: Almond, Camphor, Char, Cinnamon, Fruity, Honey, Orchid (Posted on 5/1/16)
Highly recommended.Review by Yaw SC
I used zhu ni teapot to brew this tea and through observation of the tea leaf and its smell, I can sense its' freshness and light roasted condition. The zhu ni reveals the upmost fragrance of the Shui Jin Gui which is fruity, sweet and Lan Xiang (orchid). As the tea broth flows all the way to throat, it didn't give much excitement but felt smooth with mild honey sweetness, along with flowery taste and moderate hui gan. It really gives a pleasant feeling... The first 3 brews are the best! And, no doubt this tea is durable which can last more than 6 brews. Good and pleasant Yan Cha. Highly recommended.
I won't compare it with Mr Yu's Shui Jin Gui because I feel they have different kind of roasting stage and tea quality. Well, no doubt the premium Shui Jin Gui will be most sellable compared with Mr Yu's Shui Jin Gui.
The medium roasted Shui Jin Gui (by Mr. Yu) retains the dynamic character of the tea leaf even though the quality is not as good as your premium shui jin gui. If the roasting level is right, it'll bring the slightly lower grade tea leaf to a different unexpected stage in term of aftertaste and fragrance. Lastly, much will depend on how we keep the tea...
Conclusion, I like both Shui Jin Gui in different way.. (Posted on 8/31/13)
(Posted on 8/27/14)
Is it worth the premium price?Review by M C Yaw
This tea was recommended by Eugene, before it went up to his website for sale.
I used Aged Zhi Sha small 85mls Yixing Teapot as my brewing vessel. Water temperature 95-100 Celsius. Using 6 gram of tea (pre-packed). Very short steeping time for the first 3-4 brews, about few seconds (less than 10 seconds), using Gong Fu style brewing method. Longer steeping time for subsequent brews. The reason I used Aged Zhi Sha is to perhaps tone down the "fire" and smooth the taste.
The Aroma of dry leaves: complex - mildly roasted, fruity, hint of spice.
Wet leaves: green with hint of slight brown color, retained it's vitality, suggestive of light roasting method.
Aroma and taste: Predominant fruity, reminds me of tropical fruits like pineapple, mango, lychee may be (hard to name a particular fruit). The taste is very thick in the first 3-4 brews. Very good Hui Gan and Yan Yun (minerality), with fruity, pleasant sweet aftertaste. No bitterness.
Durability: Great, at least 6 brews, before it get really weaken.
I personally think this tea is worth the premium price and would highly recommend people to try, if you like Yan Cha. But, you be the judge yourself.
(Posted on 9/3/13)
(Posted on 8/27/14)
SoothingReview by The_E
- High quality yancha, very smooth and very soothing. It just slides down the throat, with a nice flowery aroma and a fruity taste (pineapples?). Good yanyun, good qi. (Posted on 9/15/13) (Posted on 8/27/14)
Superb YanchaReview by Howard
Better than last years Shui Jin Gui in terms of roast and depth of flavor profile, really sweet and tropical the first three or four brews, will keep well, and return additional depth to the patient. (Posted on 12/25/13)
(Posted on 8/27/14)
FantasticReview by Jeffrey Ruiz
- This Shui Jin Gui has some serious tropical notes and a surprising sweetness comes through. (Posted on 3/9/14) (Posted on 8/27/14)