Gongfu Sipdown (1332)!
Picked this one to sip on while I tested out a new gaiwan over the weekend. One of my favourite ceramicists, Inge Nielsen, recently began working with a new purple glaze and I immediately lost my mind and had to order a gaiwan using it. It’s truly stunning. I have a few people from her (though this is my first gaiwan) and the craftmenship on them all is just impecable, but this lovely purple glaze was just the cherry on top.
I picked this because, one, it was an easy sipdown – but also because Waffles is one of those teas that kind of just tastes great no matter what you do with it. It’s very forgiving, and whenever you use a new piece of teaware for the first time there’s bound to be at least a little clumsiness/fumbling as you figure out the best grip. Or… is that just me!? It might be, I am awkward as hell when I brew Gongfu – I have what I call “gaiwan claw” when it comes to pouring. This gaiwan has a nice flared rim though, which helps a lot. As does having killed the nerve endings on the sides of the two fingers that make the most contact with the gaiwan when pouring…
Flavors: Dates, Earth, Fig, Wet Earth