2015 Chawangpu Hekai Gushu Xiao – Chawangshop
Price: £23.94 ($36) 200g cake.
7g in Gaiwan.
Summary: Bright, lively, citrus with good base. Let down by being a bit flat and lacking clarity. Good staying power – it just kept on brewing.
Dry: Grey and brown leaves. Citrus, concentrated herbal. Fresh and green.
Wet: Bright concentrated herbal, but with a bit of base. Strong leaves. Promising…
Rinse: Light yellow.
10s – Light yellow. Lively, bright concentrated herbal with some base. This is better than their 2013 Chawangpu Gao Shan Liu Shui. The flavour stays in the mouth.
12s – Light yellow. Pleasant bitterness. Slightly astringent on the swallow, but the sweetness pushes through.
15s – It has some high mountain Oolong in the body. The high sweetness is balanced by a slightly woody base. This is quite good.
20s – The high mountain Oolong creaminess is the main taste. Becoming astringent.
22s – Astringent, but still lively.
Many more fresh and lively brews…