Sheng Olympiad 2017
I’m happy to be able to participate in the Sheng Olympiad this year. Last year, as I started involving myself in the tea community via Steepster, I have also learned about LP and his group buys. Fortunately, I was able to participate in this one, so I’m quite excited to get start digging into these samples. :)
This is the first tea from the Sheng Olympiad to be had. I must say that I’ve been considering whether or not to purchase a Hi-Tech ball from YS eventually; however, I was happy to see that LP had included it in the Sheng Olympiad.
Notes: The tea started out quite sweet, with notes of apricot, honey, and stone fruits. After a few steeps in, I had noticed that the tea had subtle astringent floral notes in the back of the throat. The flavor lingered for a bit, but it was the kind of this is good feeling.
Side note: My three-year-old nephew wanted to try some tea, but I think he mainly wanted to play with the tea pets. When I told him to tell me what he thought about the tea, he took a sip, said, “Mmmm. Another cup please.” So, I think even children can give this tea a thumbs up, so to speak.
It’s great having a good cup of tea with others; especially one with a child who is completely new to tea, and yet can start out drinking the good stuff. My sister believes that tea is an obscure thing, and that there is no such thing as “relationships built on tea;” however, with the simple cup that her son had shared with me, had proven that people can and do bond together over tea. There is such a wonderful place in this community, and I’m utterly grateful to have had the opportunity to grow in such a wonderful community, with great people to share tea, stories, and experiences with. And maybe as my nephew grows up, he can start sharing tea with me more often, and realize that there’s no better way to bond than over a cup—or perhaps playing with tea pets as normal tea people do. :)