Xingyang 2002 Golden Leaf Shu

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Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Rainforest, Wood
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Loose Leaf
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205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 6 oz / 177 ml

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I did a session with this lovely old tea yesterday. I’ve had a sample from an old Verdant tea of the month club – possibly from 2015 or 2016? – but never got around to drinking it and figured that, as it was shu in a sealed packet, it would probably be fine to wait for a little while.

On the nose, the dry leaves are just wonderful. They gave me and my boyfriend a really strong hit of wet woodland or of the hold of an old, wooden ship – that sort of slightly dank, nostalgic smell of an old children’s adventure playground in a forest, or a tropical enclosure at a really good zoo. The pieces of leaf were quite large and flat.

I brewed the packet (5g) in my porcelain gaiwan. I preheated it and then left the leaves inside briefly to start opening them. I then rinsed the leaves at around 95C:
- the wet leaves smelled even more potently of the same kind of dark, humid woodland/enclosure. It was a surprisingly nostalgic smell; I just couldn’t shake the way it transported me back to (very fond) childhood memories of walking through the tropics house at Chester Zoo.
- the rinse was pretty mild on the palette, to be honest. I didn’t get much from it, but it also carried the smell of old wood.

Further infusions (at increasing increments from 5s up to around 30, all with 95-96C water) held much the same; the tea was surprisingly mild but the aroma was lovely and nostalgic.

I’m not sure what to make of it, overall; it was such a mild drink, despite the incredibly powerful aroma. I think I still enjoyed the overall experience but probably wished the liquor itself packed a little more of a punch.

Flavors: Rainforest, Wood

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML
Nattie

I wish my boyfriend would drink tea with me! We’re separated at the moment while we’re in lockdown so maybe when I finally see him again I’ll be able to guilt him into it, haha (:

Red Fennekin

awh, that’s a real shame :( I’m definitely lucky enough to be living with mine throughout these times! I think he’s mostly drinking tea to humour me, but it’s nice to have someone to bounce tasting notes off and I think he’s gotten quite into picking his own notes out! We usually do the sessions whilst playing board games, which also helps to keep him on side :D

Nattie

Yeah it’s been tough, but we’re hoping to move in together in the next year or so (I will be starting a new job and it depends on that) so it’ll all be worth it in the end. Aww that sounds lovely! I might be stealing that idea haha :D

Red Fennekin

ahhhh, that’s very exciting! What will the new job be? :D

Nattie

Social care (: it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while and I can move from that job into the one I really want after a couple of years (mental health social work) so I can’t wait to get started!

Red Fennekin

Fantastic – that’s really cool (and very important) work! I hope, when you do start, it all goes well :D

Nattie

Thank you! (:

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