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Gongfu Sipdown (1331)!

Wish I had more info on the teas in these multi-coloured packets from Lapsang Store since they’re basically all labelled the exact same thing. They definitely do not taste the same though. This one was a little smoky, a little woody, and a little dark and bitter baker’s cocoa – with some golden and toasty bread aromas! This was a nice mix of semi sweet and umami notes, and a perfect session to end the afternoon with before a lazy evening curled up and cozy!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CLVG-YsgVIM/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zu0a_6I4X1M&ab_channel=MackintoshBand

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Gongfu Sipdown (1289)!

One of several samples gifted to me by this company! I liked the first a lot, so I was holding my breath to see if this second one would live up to my first experience. Spoilers: it definitely does! Sweet smelling dry leaf right off the bat; fine black leaves scattered with golden tips and an aroma of sweet bread right out of the oven, honey, and red fruit. The liquor steeps up very golden, and that golden appearance seems to translate into the taste as well; warm and sweet with notes of hot buttered bread, red jams, honey, prune, and malt – just a hint of cocoa in the finish. Something about it makes me feel toasty. Really enjoyed this sample a lot!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKHWNJpAtUf/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ngovg7LDhiw&ab_channel=BlueRainBoots-Topic

Sil

ugh sounds delicious..
did you get dinged with any duties?

Roswell Strange

I did not! :)

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Gongfu Sipdown (1181)!

Big thank you to Lapsang Store for kindly providing me with this sample, along with several others, for free! Most of the samples are labelled as simply “Junmei China” but the colour of the sample packets is all different – this is the first one I’ve tried, so I’m curious and excited to try the others and see how/if they vary depending on the colour of the packets…

Times like this are when I wish I knew how to read Chinese – even just a little.

It was yet another in a series of grey afternoons when I steeped this. This tea, however, is sweet and full bodied with a sticky lingering liquor and notes of overripe red fruits, marmalade, and honey with supporting undertones of leather and malt. I managed to stretch this session out quite long before the leaf seemed spent.

For any Steepster friends on IG who might be curious about the company, they’ve also offered to give a discount code to anyone who reaches out to them on IG and mentions that they came from post. I get no kick back/benefit from you doing that, so only do it if you’re curious about the teas. Just thought I’d share though, ’cause discounts are cool.

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CHlYpDAAp3P/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVYx2EjLQtQ&ab_channel=iana

Mastress Alita

Do you have a clearer photo of the packaging? The only parts I could really see were “Red Tea” but I couldn’t see the two characters before that…

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