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Tuesday
Nov262013

Tuesday Tea - Gao Shan High Mountain Black Tea - Yezi Tea

Tea Description:

Bittersweet moments often make for the best memories, and there’s no reason to assume that it should be any different for tea. Yezi is proud to bring you the bitter yet sweet Gao Shan high-mountain loose-leaf tea.

Gao Shan is grown high in the Nanhu Mountain range on the outskirts of Fuqing City in the Fujian province of China. At these elevations, the near-incessant fog cover and the extreme temperature difference between night and day help make for teas with a complex and diverse flavor palette. Gao Shan is a deep red-brown tea, and its strong, satisfying flavor makes many a tea connoisseur compare it to Kung Fu black tea. A brew of Gao Shan is ideal for firing you up on a dreary day when you could do with a burst of acceleration.

Other Information:

Leaf Type: Black

Where to Purchase: Yezi Tea

Suggested Brewing Tips:

Serving Size: 5-6 grams or 3 tsp. of tea

Water Temp: 203-212°F

Steep Time: first steep 15s, add 10s each additional steep

Review:

With so much work to do getting ready for Thanksgiving I'm running a little behind today. First off, I would like to thank Yezi Tea for offering such a wonderful free sample promotion. If you haven't had the opportunity to try out Yezi tea, the free sample promotion is still going on. You can pick out three free samples of your choice and only pay shipping. It was difficult to decide which three teas I wanted to choose, but I also ended up with Da Yu Ling Oolong and Dong Ding Winter Peak Oolong. I was struggling with my third choice, but the description of this tea really caught my eye.

A brew of Gao Shan is ideal for firing you up on a dreary day when you could do with a burst of acceleration.

Ok Yezi, I'll bite, I can always use something to fire me up on a dreary day. Winter up North gives me an endless amount of dreary days. It's just day after day of grey weather that leaves me wanting to snuggle in with a hot cup of tea, a warm blanket, and a good book. 

So are you wondering yet if this tea really fired me up? Surprisingly enough, it did. I was in the kitchen at 8am cooking and kept at it for nearly 10 hours today all the while sipping on this tea.  I didn't get a chance to take detailed notes on each steep, but I can tell you it did resteep very well. I believe I stopped after 7 steeps just so I could end my day with something herbal.

Each steep rewarded me with something just a little bit different, this was surprisingly complex for a black tea. There were notes of dark chocolate which of course appealed to my sweet tooth, followed up by just a subtle hint of bitterness. Not enough to make the cup unenjoyable, but just enough to make it interesting. Early steeps of this tea resulted in a more malty flavor with a sweetness at the end, whereas the later steeps gave the exact opposite in flavor and yielded a more chocolatey sweetness with hints of malt. Every once in a while I would pick up a somewhat salty note that contrasted with the sweetness. This is a tea that will appeal to all of your cravings and it isn't often I've come across one that is both sweet and salty.

My Rating: 84/100

Would I order this again? Yes! I love the subtle sweet and salty notes of this tea.

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Disclosure:

In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that these samples were part of Yezi’s Super Sample Promotion, I paid $2.95 out of pocket for shipping and the samples were free. As always, all opinions are my own. If you are a company and would like to send me an item for review feel free to drop me an email.