Tame for a young sheng
My first of jalam offerings wasnt sure what to expect so I braced myself used cooler water (195-205) and all flash steepings. The aroma was quite impressive after the i heated the gaiwan and through the first rinse. None of the harshness I usually associate with young sheng, this was slightly floral not like rose or jasmine but like a white tea. It was just barely sweet and barely astringent dainty and faint. The liquor was light on color and flavor i suspect because this was a autumn plucking but very interesting indeed. It was slightly fruit almost like some yiwu I have tasted but lighter and less tannic.
The complexity surprised me unfortunately I had to leave before I got a proper session so I will come back to this tea but very interested to uncover all the ethereal qualities I caught a glimpse of. Before I left I boiled water threw it on and prepared to leave so a good 5-10 mins must have past and even then the cup was only slightly bitter, almost all other of young shengs would have tasted like petrol soaked in plastic had I put them through that torture test. Not sure if thats a good or bad sign to be so asymmetrical as I have heard many a people claim young harshness shows it will age well and tolerable young sheng is a sign of poor quality tea meant to only be drunk immediately. As I live in a dry climate I’d rather pay for aged or young tea that is immediately consumable and enjoyable anyhow I don’t really trust myself to age anything but just a interesting note.
I will surely use more leaf and time with my next session. This tea but me in a fairly good mood and was rather easy on the stomach. I would recommend it yiwu palates and/or newer sheng pu erh drinkers as there seemed to be lighter friendly tones from my short experience with this tea.