So first I tried some of the Lapsang Souchong that was generously provided by Joseph Wesley Teas, with the lovely porcelain gaiwan that I won. I’m not going to review it, because it wouldn’t be fair. This is the second Lapsang I’ve tried and I’ve come to the conclusion that I simply hate this kind of tea. It will need to be rehomed.
Anyway, I moved onto my old weekend winter standby, shupu:
From the Puerh TTB:
Liquid Proust’s “Puerh Frisbee.” What is it? Some kind of ripe. Beyond that, I have no idea. It was really good though. It needs about three good rinses to be rid of the pile/dirt flavor and aroma , but afterward the brew is deep, rich, smooth, sweet red, like wine grape skins, with minimal fermentation flavor. Got about ten nice steeps out of this before it quit. Very enjoyable. I’d recommend it if I knew what it was!