Gong Fu Sipdown (650)!
Apr Tea was kind enough to send me a whole bunch of samples in exchange for reviews, and they showed up yesterday so I’m breaking into the first sample today and steeping that up. I just randomly picked which to start with, and this is the one I selected. It’s a good pick though; I’ve been craving a really good oolong all week.
I’m just going to do this review stream of consciousness style, so jot notes for each infusion. However, since I was specifically asked to review these teas in exchange for the samples I will be tracking how many infusions I do/writing jot notes for each specific infusion. That’s something I’ve been moving away from in more recent Gong Fu sessions/I’ve been following a more casual and laid back approach without heavily taking notes – so my compromise for this is that I’m not going to heavily monitor the steep time for each infusion; for that element of the session I’ll be following my “let my gut direct me” approach since that’s been working so well for me.
So, let’s get started shall we!
- Sweet and slightly roasty overall
- STRONGLY and distinctly tasted like lightly roasted peanuts
- More flavourful than expected from a first infusion
- Still very nutty/peanut flavour with a bit of general roast/typical roasty oolong flavour
- Floral elements creeping into the background/undertones but in a really light way
- A greener, slightly sour finishing note
- Decrease in overall nuttiness and increase in floral characterics; more of a 50/50 spread
- Still smelled heavenly in a nutty/peanut way when steeping through
- Feels greener overall with more grassy and chlorine sort of undertones
- Sour aftertaste; but a clean one that doesn’t linger
- Beautiful peanut qualities have been relegated to only light whispers/undertones
- And a general floral overall profile; kind of a lily and lilac thing
- A mix of fresh/light florals & perfumey/heady ones like jasmine (without being jasmine)
- Leaves in gaiwan appear about ‘half’ opened up
- Aroma is greener, with nutty undertones still to it
- Peanut notes interact in the same way as the last infusion in terms of flavour
- Finish is more lingering now – tastes almost metallic while also tasting very green
- Same as above infusion
- Let this infusion cool down quite a lot prior to drinking; distracted by Instagram
- Feels like we’re circling back to more of a full bodied and sweet peanut flavour
- With sweet floral undertones, and less green finishing notes
- Nope; I think that sudden surge of peanut notes was a fluke ‘cause we’re back to floral
- Noticeably weaker/lighter
- Same, but just lighter in flavour
- Ending the session here; I’ve got a lot more teas set aside for the day to move on to
Thanks again Apr Tea for the samples! This is one of the nuttiest Tieguanyins that I think I’ve ever had; I’m sure that means it’ll be a super memorable one. I look forward to trying everything else too, though!