I had a short Gongfu session of another of these “mystery tuochas” (see previous tasting note for an explanation) yesterday morning/afternoon before leaving work for the day – this one was in a yellow wrapper with green font and pressed into the sorta “standard” shape for a little tuocha. It was clearly blended with something, but like the previous one it was very challenging to figure out exactly what that something was…
Thankfully, I work in an office filled with really cool people – so I had one of my coworkers who speaks and reads Chinese try to translate the wrapper for me, and another who has a background as a horticulturist try to identify the ingredient that was blended into the shou. We’re pretty sure it was chrysanthemum – but osmanthus is also a possibility.
Whatever it was, it must have just been for visual because it really didn’t come through in the taste of the steeped infusions at all – which were just a strong, full bodied earthy note with a sweet undertone and finish. Pleasant, but not remarkable in anyway.
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFz2J6S0J0c