Happy Year of the Goat! I got my Nannuoshan samples today, and immediately drank both of my Taipings side-by-side to compare them. So I measured out 3g and got to it!
Appearance: Smaller than the other Taiping. The leaves are darker, a rich forest green. I can see the artisanship by the slight wrinkles at the edge of the leaf.
Dry Leaf Aroma: Freshly washed celery, savoy cabbage
Wet Leaf Aroma: later steepings produce a maple sugar-like sweetness. Buttered Spinach
Liquor Colour: Soft but bright spring green
Steep #1: 150ml, 60sec, 80C. Thick and intensely smooth mouthfeel. No astringency.
Steep #2: 150ml, 60sec, 80C. Slightly sweeter than the last. Smells and tastes like mirepoix sautéd in butter, minus the onions.
Steep #3: 150ml, 1min 30sec, 80C. Still fresh, but lighter in flavor.
The bottom line: This tea earns it’s Superior title with it’s smooth and rich mouthfeel. I like to think of this comparison as a competition of man vs. machine. Once again, man wins!
Flavors: Butter, Celery, Maple