Gongfu Sipdown (611)!
I acquired this tea quite a while ago, so this was pretty old by the time I got around to sampling it – but it was in a vacuum sealed package so that probably helped preserve it. It also tasted totally fine brewed up…
I drank this while trying my first ever cherimoya! Honestly, the tea was good/solid but the fruit was INCREDIBLE. It was inconvenient and messy to eat, but I was just blown away by how creamy the flesh of the fruit was and the incredible taste. This is what I wrote on instagram about both the tea and fruit, and how they worked together:
“I can definitely see why this fruit is called a “Custard Apple” – the creamy texture of the ripe flesh and subtle, sweet notes that taste almond like a subdued banana/mango hybrid are delicious, and work well with the sweet, floral and creamed honey notes of this Ali Shan. The intensity of both the fruit & tea match pretty dang well, and the nutty notes ofthe tea still contribute enough contrasting flavour…"
This was also, by pure happenstance, the fourth Ali Shan I had during the week!? Nothing against Ali Shan, but it’s not a favourite kind of oolong of mine, so I though it was weird how much I had it in such a short span of time…
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkBjoY7eyvU
(So hyped for this album! All of the singles have been so fucking good!)