I finally had the chance to give this tea a proper gongfu treatment. It was dark and rich throughout most of the eight steeps I gave the tea. There was a lot of fermentation flavor but that flavor was not unpleasant in general. There was another note to this tea that I am not sure how to describe. Kind of a rich and creamy note but I’m not sure what best describes it. The note is not 100% pleasant and certainly not tremendously pleasant. It’s kind of neutral in a way. I simply am not sure if I like the note. When I brewed this western style about a week ago this note didn’t emerge. Overall I like this tea. If one judges quality level based on how many times you can resteep the tea, it was quite dark in the eighth infusion. If I wasn’t at my caffeine limit I could have gotten somewhere between four and eight more steeps out of it to estimate. In general Streetshop88 has sold me some good tea and I think this passes the test. It is not truly spectacular but was pretty tasty.
I brewed two mini tuo cha or about 10.5g of leaf in an 120ml gaiwan with boiling water. I was short on time so didn’t give this one a rest. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet