2015 Sheng Olympics(?)/Sipdown

In the depths of the tea stash, I had discovered this one hiding, awaiting it’s turn in the tea line. I have finally organized the teas in categories/type via samples, sipdown stashes, tea swaps, and cakes/larger quantities. After measuring out the full amount of tea, I have a good 2-ish years of tea to drink down! Two years controlling myself from buying anything else in large quantities. I’m calling it “A Practice in Humility;” which will, in time, allow me to appreciate what I have and make use of it. :)

Anyway, I sampled the rest of the tea early this morning prior to anything else. My wife was concerned as to why I was getting out of bed around 6:30 a.m., when I had gone to bed so late. Besides the fact that I cannot sleep as well as I used to, I wanted a cup of tea…

Notes: Smoky, leather, slightly mouth drying, and a touch of bitterness (toward the beginning of the session. It smoothed out around the 4th infusion). This tea was “smoky” in the sense that it reminded me of a “smoker’s jacket,” rather than smoked meat (lapsang souchong, for an example). The smokiness, in time, had died down, but it was strong until the 6th-7th infusion.

Flavors: Leather, Smoke

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Mostly drinking sheng/shou puerh. Gongfu daily; western brew at work.

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Drinking down a lot of my teas in 2020. I may not observe these sessions as much as I’d like, but I’ll note them, when the mood strikes.


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