Used up the last of my sample today with the thermos stew treatment, 4g for 20oz with water off boiling.
Fuuuuug, this tea ruined me at work. I was a dope for a few hours. Strangely, the cha qi of this sheng has been consistent throughout all samplings, which have occurred in different settings and mind states. That’s not the case for most sheng I’ve had.
Penetrating bitterness, those pungent herbs, lavender?, apricot-osmanthus, and hints of smoked meat suspended in a thick and oily sweet creamed honey-nectar-white chocolate? matrix. I loved the tea stew, but not as a work beverage. For one, it’s a raw green punch to the gut that causes some intestinal upset when had without food. Another reason is the meditative and masculine-aggressive cha qi (the term is ba qi?) needs to be accepted and cultured in the confines of my bedroom (teacave). As experienced by my human female being, this tea is masculine intimacy to the extreme.
Cryptic, I know.
Very much need to order another sample of Swinedog 76 for intense introspective body-mind occasions but ultimately I think this needs to be aged to avoid assault.