I wanted to drink tea before work this morning. I usually make a single cup of something “basic,” but I figured it’d be a treat to have something complex and unique since I was going in later than usual.
The first few steeps (1-4) were smokey and slightly astringent. However, it was pretty satisfying. The best thing about a sheng is the astringency, I think. This one was full of it within the first few cups. However, as the next few came along (6-9), there was no longer any astringency, but the smokiness lingered on, following a sweet (honey?) note in the aftertaste.It was a pretty great tea to start the day with. It allowed me to ease my mind before work, and get a few things done prior to my shift. I have about 8 grams left, but I think I’ll save it for a much needed tea session, or when friends come over. This’ll be a tea that would be great to share with someone who is quite the tea fanatic. However, I have a friend who is starting to get into sheng pu-erh, too, and isn’t totally as obsessed with tea as I am; however, he will drink tea when he’s here. So maybe, I’ll have him over soon, or maybe I’ll save it for a rainy day.
Flavors: Astringent, Honey, Smoke, Sweet