Gong Fu Sipdown (607)!
I’ve tried to be a little strategic with tea I’m packing first – if it’s something I had in a large quantity or don’t drink often then it’s going into a box first, and if I think I can finish it off before I fly out to Montreal then it stays out. It doesn’t need to be packed if I drink it first, after all. So this one stayed out of the box because I knew it would be an easy sipdown.
I received this one as a freebie in an order earlier this year; it’s definitely not something that I would have ever purchased for myself though, what with my not being a big Sheng drinker. It’s taken me a while to work up to trying it because based on the reviews I’ve seen it doesn’t seem so much like my jam…
First infusions were really intense but ultimately pleasant; definitely a big punch of tangy fruit notes – the kind that find their way into every crevice in your mouth, which in turn only makes you salivate even more. A mix of red fruit notes and more of a tangy peach-y sort of thing? Also vegetal, but less so than the intense wave of fruit. I mean, it kind of felt like the tea version of this Fruit Gushers commercial:
However, after those first two infusions this got so, so much more intense and a lot more bitter and vegetal tasting. Still hints of a fruity sweetness, but definitely more of an umami/savory profile with lots of edamame/green bean/lima bean kind of notes. I think I did about four infusions with this as the general profile but it wasn’t up my alley and I wasn’t enjoying the strong, bitter body and finishing notes so I decided to just stop the session.
I mean, I don’t think this is a bad tea but it’s got a lot of intensity to it and just isn’t my preferred flavour profile.