Nougat and Da Hong Pao Oolong
During my visit to Simon Lèvelt I bought this combination: a fruity nougat and a Da Hong Pao Oolong. Nougat made the tea very fruity, tea reduces the sweetness of the nougat and enhanced the nutty tones. 8 grams of tea in my gaiwan (they sell great ones at their shops), 110 ml of 90 degrees Celsius water and steeping times of 25-20-25-30-35-40-45 seconds.
Macaron and Taiwan Dong Fang Mei Ren. Reduces the sweetness of the macaron and makes them nice and chewy. The tea becomes even sweeter than it already is! 7 grams of tea on 500 ml 90 centigrade water. Infusion time of 1-1.5-2 minutes .
Rocky road and a roasted Tie Guan Yin. 7 grams of tea, 110 ml 95 centigrade water. Infusion time 10-5-10-15-20-20 seconds. Enhances caramel tones in both rocky road as the roasted Tie Guan Yin
Cacao butter from Ecuador, milk chocolate from Madagascar and 90% pure chocolate from Panama. Taiwan Aged Oolong (10 years old) is the winner with all three options. 9 grams of tea on 110 ml of boiling water. 30-45-60-60-70-80 seconds
I love fruits and fruity tea. Physalis and Taiwan Dayuling are a perfect match! 7 grams of tea on 110 ml, 90 centigrade water and a first steep for 30 seconds
100% Rwanda chocolate and a China Duck Shit Ya Shi Xiang. 10 grams on 500 ml 80 centigrade water for 1 minute. Enhances the fruity flavour in the chocolate and sweet notes in the tea!
China Wuyuan Rou Gui and a traditional fudge. Roasted aroma of the tea pairs great with the fudge. 7 grams of tea and 120 ml 95 centigrade water. 20-20-30-35-40 seconds brew time.
Rich Tea Fingers and a spring harvest Taiwan Dayuling. 9 grams on 110 ml of 95 centigrade water. Infusions of 10-10-16-15-20 seconds brings out the flowery aroma’s even more!
Yam biscuits and a China Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong. The Oolong brings out the Yam flavour of the biscuits and reduces the sweetness. Roasted aroma in the Phoenix gets more pronounced .
Bought some great @krakakoa Sumatran chocolate at Simon Lèvelt. Paired it with a heavily roasted China Feng Huang Mi Lan Xiang Oolong. Chocolate became more complex and less sweet, tea lost some of its roasted aroma. Great combination! 8 grams of tea on 180 ml of 95 degrees Celsius water. 20-20-25-30-35 seconds brewing time.