Gu Shu Yinzhen

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Green Beans, Melon, Raspberry, Smoke, Spinach
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185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 oz / 120 ml

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This tea was produced from the tea trees that aged about a few hundred years old. The tea trees were owned by the minority ethnics in Yunnan who strictly followed the traditions of their ancestors.

The main characteristic of Gu Shu Yinzhen is its overwhelming extent of after taste. Once we drink this tea, the taste goes very deep down our throat, the sweetness and flavor lasts for a very long time. Since this tea is very strong, I usually indulge in only a few cups and stop drinking more or else I would get tea-drunk. Thanks to the highly concentrated minerals, it makes me feel warm and relaxed. Moreover, the tea leaves lasts for many infusions and we can brew this tea over and over again. Usually, once I prepared this tea in the morning, I could keep brewing it till night.

Not only the fresh tea is enjoyable to consume, but the flavor of matured tea is also very attractive. I personally am thinking of keeping this tea for more than a few years to further mature it. If you wish to conduct maturation, please keep the tea unopened in the warmest environment in your house. This tea will produce sweet muscatel flavor within 3-5 years’ time.

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I’ll review this tea again in the future as I don’t feel this review is totally fair. The sample I had, had a lot of broken leaf in it so that is of course going to lead to a lower quality cup. In the event a second sample I receive comes in that quality this’ll be a different story.

So based off of what I was given…

I used 5.5g/120ml, 85C water, first brewing was 10 seconds +5seconds per each additional brewing.

The aroma reminded me of jerky. Initially you are met with the jerky-like taste. In the liquor it vaguely reminded me of Lapsang. There was a slight hint of green beans. In the after taste there was hints of melon and raspberry. The liquor was incredibly buttery and smooth. There was a hint of astringency.

In the second cup most of that jerky and smokiness had disappeared. A gentle green bean flavor was on my tongue along with spinach or collard greens. In the after taste there was raspberries and melon.

The liquor for the third brewing was a lot darker. The overall taste still had the green bean flavor except it was a lot stronger. There was a tiny hint of raspberries in the after taste. Despite the fact that the after taste has been extremely weak, I liked it.

The liquor for the fourth brew didn’t have much flavor and was more astringent. The after taste remained the same. The same for the fifth so I stopped drinking.

Flavors: Green Beans, Melon, Raspberry, Smoke, Spinach

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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