6g in 100mL gaiwan

Dry leaf appearance – tippy, nice blend, rather consistent sizing between leaves

Dry leaf smell – fruit cake, dried fruits, raspberry tart, tart cherries

Wet leaf smell – fruit cake, dried raisins, figs, dates, prunes, plums, maraschino cherries, pipe tobacco, autumn leaves, hint of almond extract, sweet tart candies

Liquor – darker champagne with a little bit of an orange/blush tint. Closer to semi-aged in appearance. Nice clarity

Texture – soft and juicy – incredibly juicy, relatively thick and syrupy.

Taste – soft and sweet, a little bit of pipe tobacco rounded out with honey and date syrup, tiny bit of almond, tart finish, but not astringent. Very well-rounded. Some sort of semi-sweet bread

Empty cup – date syrup, pecan tart

Mouth finish – slight puckering but produces so much lubrication that you don’t even notice. Juicy, bittersweet hui gan. Tingle on the tip of my tongue that spreads down the centre towards the throat. Almost numbs the palate. Candy necklace aftertaste.

Wet leaves – quite a few nice, full buds, relatively small leaves, intact for the most part, but a little bit broken in places – probably my fault from my hack-job with a puerh pick

Body feel – softer qi that feels like it will intensify, but it never seems to come. Mostly in the head, but a light sensation in the joints and muscles.

An extremely well-rounded young sheng. There is almost zero astringency, and the flavour only gets cleaner and softer as you go. I didn’t find too much evolution between steeps, but I enjoy the initial flavour so much that it doesn’t even matter to me. One of my favorites so far, but I’m not very experienced yet.

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A longtime tea-drinker but a relatively new gong fu enthusiast. My preferred teas are leafy whites, Dan Cong oolongs, young and semi-aged sheng pu-erhs, and well-rounded shous, but I also enjoy black/red tea and fu zhuan. Right now, my personal favourites are W2T’s 2018 Hot Brandy, 2017 Turtle Dove, and 2007 Repave, as well as Yunnan Sourcing’s 2014 Impression and 2013 Fuding Shou Mei.

Disclaimer – as I am still very much a learner, my reviews are going to reflect that, so please bear with me. :)

Brew what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law!


Toronto, Canada



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