Gongfu Sipdown (719)!
Picked this tea up from Zhen Tea at the Montreal Tea Festival – I was really intrigued by the tea description, and as most people are aware I certainly have a penchant for yiwu sheng. It was fairly pricey – $10CAD for 5g, but I guess that’s kind of reasonable given that it’s a sheng with sixteen years of age on it. I appreciate that the company was even offering sample/session size of it at all at the festival.
I’d normally have brewed this in my yixing pot, but 5g is too little for a session in that pot so I brewed it instead in an 80ml shiboridashi – even that was a little soft for me though…
This was a delicious tea though; very fragrant and sweet aroma. Plenty of ripe plum and penetrating florals. The taste started off very much like a salted plum with lingering sticky sweetness and a touch of smoke- that was the general flavour for the first three or so infusions. From there it was gradually getting more floral over time – but retaining that juicy plum note. Very, very mild and pleasant astringency; no bitterness.
Fourteen infusion session in total. Wow.
I’d definitely purchase this again is the opportunity arose…
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_K0t5x4_3w