Like I mentioned in my note for the 2015 vintage, Huang Shan Gu Shu is a tea whose qualities are not necessarily apparent at first sight. The interlayered bitterness and sweetness express themselves over the course of the whole session. The consistently pure taste and interesting mouthfeel that doesn’t fade after the peak infusion can only be properly appreciated in hindsight. On top of that, among of the main selling points of the tea are its long-lasting and evolving aftertaste as well as the creeping and relaxing cha qi.

The taste is very clean and pungent with a nutty, mineral, and buttery character. In the aftertaste, one can find more floral aspects as well. I am looking forward to tasting the 2015 and 2016 versions side-by-side, I can’t identify any major differences through individual sessions (though significantly separated in time).

Flavors: Bitter, Butter, Floral, Mineral, Nutty, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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