Had a brain fart this morning and wanted to steep something quick before work this morning and reached into my sample bag and pulled this out and thought, cool 10g sample. I’ll just steep it up. First steep and I knew I made a mistake. This was a tea I should take some time with. Steep 1 was thick and oily with a bit of that dry Lincang astringency. Steep 2 released some orchids. .Steep 3 and I’m like damn, they coulda labeled this as Xigui and I’d have believed it. Steep 4, oversteeped, man this stuff has a wallop. Meantime English IPA comes to mind. Steep 5 floral and bright. Steep 6, crap I need to shower and drive like a maniac to get to work on time. Dump the rest in the thermos with a pinch of lesser quality Bangdong area maocha and grandpa it. Heady qi. Clarity enhancing and euphoric. Wish I had more of this to enjoy i a longer session. I’m sure I’d have gotten a dozen steeps had I had the time. Best 2019 Lincang I’ve had.

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I’ve been a huge fan of all manner of black tea since the early 90s particularly second flush Darjeeling, Fujian, Yunnan and Assam teas but last winter fell headfirst into the sheng world and the rest is history…


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