Gongfu Sipdown (1470!)
Thank you Togo for the sample! I feel like my exploration of teas from Yunnan Sourcing has actually been pretty limited, so I really appreciate how generous and kind you were to give me such a wide variety of samples to explore!
The leaves of this tea are just so gorgeous and inviting, with a bit of a glossy purple-y black sheen to them. As soon as the water hit them for my first steep, my room was filled with a mouth watering aroma of fresh garden strawberries, burnt sugar, and tamarind jam! My God – I wish I could bottle that scent because it was intoxicating and so distinct!
Steeped, I’m finding the taste leans more towards muscat grapes & stone fruit; something like a mix of the brightness of ripe plum alongside heavier notes of stewed or brandied stonefruits. The liquor is thick and almost buttery, with undertones of oak and leather! This is super pleasant, and it making for a really nice warming and cozy session on a little bit of a more grey morning! I steeped this one out after about a half dozen or so infusions, and it was genuinely on of the most pleasing teas that I had experienced all week.