I am back. Sorry for not posting in a long while, I have a lot of interests and sometimes I just want to drink tea and not blog about it. But today, I do.
Leaf of the East is probably not well known throughout the blogosphere compared to other vendors. It feels cool to know that there is good stuff that isn’t well known, but hopefully I can help spread the word.
The goodness of a tea is very subjective, but I think clean-ness is rather objective. You can look for grime and residue as a sign of a tea that isn’t clean, or a feeling of pinchy-ness in the throat, or a feeling of unrest and anxiety. There’s a lot of “organic” tea out there, but organic is just a certification. You don’t need a label to tell you if a tea is clean and pure or not.
Full disclosure, I know Markham, the man behind leaf of the east, through his tea. This doesn’t influence my review, but it’s why I have the tea, because I like his tea and I know him. Ok, moving on.
The dry leaf in the pot smells immediately like someone is baking something. It’s very intensely aromatic. I like dong ding because it’s commonly roasted, and you get that depth. I think the more in-depth tea market is craving some darker roasted stuff now, since everything has trended so green in the past decade. This one isn’t that roasted, but it’s about perfect, kind of lighter dancong level of roast.
It’s bright like a dancong too, with bright fruity tones. But it’s also deep. I’m still talking about the smell of the tea.
It’s clean, pure, it rings like a bell. I don’t know, I like it a lot, it makes me happy to drink it. What’s it taste like, honeysuckles, mango, baking chocolate, how’s the body, thick yet refreshing, but beyond that, it feels good to drink. Like an amazing meal feels to eat, made by a passionate team of cooks. This tea has good karma, or something. It’s so clean.
Very very good vibes from this tea.
I got a Lin’s kettle recently, and it makes gongfu a lot better. You get to hear the wind when it gets up to temperature, it performs well with just one hand, and there’s no metal or plastic involved. It’s out of stock now at camellia sinensis, but they have a purion clay one still.
My water today is Foodtown brand spring water. Bought on a whim at $1.09 a gallon, I was floored from the first sip. It comes from a company called fox ledge, and it hits all the marks. 100%. Refreshing, thick, carries flavor well, clear, clean. And it comes in a big plastic jug! For $6.99 an ounce or so, this dong ding and this water are similarly pleasant surprises.
Does this tea have any flaws? Not to me! It’s quite balanced and has many good qualities.
Score (out of 10): 8.1 (blown away)