Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good 2019 Not Xigui Raw Puer

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 g 2 oz / 50 ml

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Sometimes it’s best not to oversell something. At some point, everybody has been disappointed by expectations, set up by grand claims and promises.

Initially described to us as a “Xigui-esque gushu” tea, this tea performs remarkably well for an impersonator. If you want true Xigui, then a bigger budget is necessary. But for the rest of us, this is the tea that will make your head nod.

This tea checks all the boxes: High fragrance, lingering sweetness, excellent mouthfeel, noticeable energy/body feeling, and a price that puts it in the upper budget/lower midrange category.

If you’re considering a cake of this tea, then we strongly recommend doubling up so that you have one to drink now and one for down the road.

Picking period: Pre-April 3

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Another Gongfu session from yesterday.

So this tea is very, very young and I also gave it no time to rest after receiving it in the mail; so with that in mind take my thoughts with a grain of salt – this tea is definitely going to change a lot with time. I was just so excited and hyped up about having new teas that I wanted to drink something from my recent BLT haul right away and TheWeekendSessions was also steeping this one yesterday so I figured this seemed as good an option as any tea, especially because we’d be able to compare notes!

For once, since I was trying to match his session, I actually measured the amount of leaf I was using – often I just eyeball it and trust that I know my weights enough to be pretty spot on with what I’m intending (one of the cool skills I picked up from working in store for DT is a pretty damn accurate judge of grams, just from muscle memory). So, this was 3.5g of tea in a 50ml gaiwan – with water just below a boil.

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Simple, sweet stonefruit notes early on; pleasant but mellow. I want more; either more brightness or a denser, sweeter stonefruit. Those fruit notes give way to more of a bitter, green quality and tame astringency. I had one oddball infusion that tasted like a sort of resin-y maple to me, but aside from that outlier steep I found later steeps to have a more bitter tree sap and wood taste, with a smidge of peppery spice. I wish any and all of the present notes had more intensity though. Not terrible, not amazing: somewhere in between those two things.


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195 °F / 90 °C 3 g 2 OZ / 50 ML

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