Wednesday, June 6, 2012

2009 Fangmingyuan Jingmai

This cake is 1 of 3 that one piggy backed on a friends Taobao Order (the other reviewed being the 2008 Fangmingyuan Bama). Let's see how this cake stands up on this chilly spring day...

The dry leaves are small-medium in size with odours of muted, earthy, and musty earth-forest.

The first infusion delivers a flat, watery, sweet-spicy almost cinnamon taste up front which develops into a spicy, light creamy floral finish. Overall the taste is very faint. The mouthfeel is a touch sticky and thin in the mouth. There is a long creamy aftertaste with some sweet strawberry finish in there as well.

The second infusion sees barely sweet muted flavours over a slightly flat-bland forest-earth taste. This taste develops into faint, sweet, almost berry-like soft notes with a slight bland taste. The mouthfeel is full and slightly coarse in the mouth.

The thrid infusions offers muted-bland tastes upfront with just some creamy notes and faint notes of berry-sweetness found in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full, even gripping in the middle-low throat, and still a touch coarse in the mouth. The qi is such that it brings heat to the head and relaxes the mind to the point that things feel slow and look clear.

The fourth infusion has a distinct muted-bland-bitter taste upfront but this time a bit of sweet fruit tries to be noticed underneath the initial taste profile. The aftertaste is slightly creamy and sweet-fruity under the bland-bitter notes. The tongue feels gritty and the teeth sticky- this tea grips somewhat deeply in the throat.

In the fifth infusion the bitter-bland taste has retreated somewhat in the initial taste with more faint mellow creamy notes lingering with a flash of cinnamon. Certain simple fruit notes pop up in the aftertaste over a blandish base taste.

The sixth and seventh infusions see the bitter-bland taste has dropped off leaving some simple creamy notes somewhat suppressed as well. A softer, vague creaminess lingers in the aftertaste with a very subtle spice and nutty fruitiness. The mouthfeel is deep and grainy.

The eighth infusion develops a soft, grainy-bitter initial taste with butter-creamy finish. A simple taste with a simple course mouthfeel is left in the mouth.

The following infusions see very simple tastes of watery berry sweetness with a bitter-bland base taste.

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