Da Steeps today had the pleasure of (excuse the pun) enjoying steeping the first of a selection of teas from the rather smart JING tea company.
Like Mick Jagger in Live With Me, I got overcome today by how deserted London was and alone in the quiet, “got nasty habits” and “took tea at three.”
The JING Dong Fang Mei Ren Wu Long Cha (Oriental Beauty Supreme Oolong)
The first of the company’s extensive range I decided to test was one of their oolong teas. Oolongs are said to be teas that have a “complexity of flavour and richness of texture.” More precisely, they are those that “combine the freshness of green teas and the complexity of black teas in perfect balance.”
The Dong Fang Mei Ren Wu Long Cha (Oriental Beauty Supreme Oolong) tea I sampled today is produced in Ping-Lin, Taiwan and was calming yet indulgent. With a smooth taste that had hints of apple this was tea of a great quality and one that greatly improved my spirits.
JING's signature plungerless tea-iere
JING recommend serving teas in their signature plunger-less glass tea-iere as when tea leaves are pressed the resulting taste becomes bitter because of the tannins that are released. The JING tea-iere, instead, just has a filter that allows the woody tips and leaves to infuse freely with the water. This is a device that is simple, yet effective.
Following the instructions on the rather stylishly designed JING packaging is pretty simple but some customers do get awfully particular about how the tea I tried should be infused or brewed. On the company’s website one advises:
“[Make] this tea with just under boiling water, 208F should work. You want the water this hot because this tea has a lot of flavour to extract. But after infusing, allow it to cool a bit: The intense flavours emerge after a bit of a cool-down.”
Edward Eisler, founder of JING
JING itself is a relatively new company based in London, SW9 operated by Edward Eisler, a true connoisseur of all things tea. Eisler and his team source the finest speciality teas from China, India, Sri Lanka, Japan and Taiwan and sell them through a website and to restaurants and hotels including Gordon Ramsay, Joel Robuchon, the Mandarin Oriental, the Rocco Forte Collection and at Ritz Carlton properties.
C.S. Lewis once said: “Tea should be taken in solitude.” The JING oolong I tried today definitely made that solitude most welcome.
Oriental Beauty Oolong tea, £10 for 50g bag (50 cups) - http://jingtea.com/tea/type/oolong/oriental-beauty-supreme
400ml JING glass tea-iere, £18 - http://jingtea.com/teaware/glass-teaware/400ml-glass-tea-iere
For more information or to order JING teas go to http://www.jingtea.com