lundi 6 février 2012

Avis d'un amateur éclairé en thé jaune coréen "Gayacha" (en anglais)

Un amateur éclairé au Canada vient de découvrir un de thés coréens proposés par CoreaColor
Il s'agit du thé jaune 'Nuages', Gayacha
Avec l'aimable autorisation de Matt, nous publions ici un extrait de son billet.      
  
Crédit photo : Matt

" This Korean balhyocha is a unique one. It's name "Gaya Cha" is in reference to the one of the legends of how tea first arrived in Korea. As the story goes, a princess from India brought a tea plant that she had acquired in Southern China and offered it to the King of the Gaya Kingdom (for the other possible ways tea made its way to Korea see here, here, and here). This yellow tea from Woonsang underwent fermentation for 2-3 years before release and is a unique spin on the more typical Korean balhyocha out there....


Crédit photo : Matt

... They have deep syrupy-molasses notes that are distinct but thin and light with vibrantly fruity sweet notes of melons, peach, raspberries, and papayas on the high end. These leaves are unique looking and are not rolled at all. They are packed into about 2/3 of the small pot.

The first infusion is prepared with boiling water that spends only a very short time in the cooling pot before plunging over these beautiful leaves. A simple, sweet, apple-apricot taste fills the mouth. A very cereal, rice, and hay aftertaste greets them. There is a very nice wood sap-syrup taste underneath it all. A simple wood bark taste is all that is left on the breath. The mouthfeel is simple, watery, and slightly grainy in the front of the mouth.

Crédit photo : Matt

The second infusion presents with a juicy apricot-apple-orange, barely spicy, taste. It slowly meets up with a slightly dry-wood-bark, a slippery-sappy woody taste. These flavours stretch out over the profile. The mouthfeel is both watery and grainy and coats the mouth and upper throat. The qi has already made the body light, it feels cozy, warm, and comforted.

The third infusion is of the same delicious fruity tastes but with the wood-bark elements encroaching on the initial taste right next to the fresh, sweet, watery, vibrant fruit. This tea is very flavourful but simple and refreshing without a deep quality to it. It strikes a nice balance between vibrant fruits and woody bark over a watery base which makes this simple balance easy to enjoy...."

Crédit photo : Matt

Pour lire l'intégralité du billet, rendez-vous sur le blog de Matt en cliquant ici. 

Pour découvrir la spécificité de ce thé rare, nous vous invitons de vous rendre sur la page fiche produit de notre boutique en cliquant ici