Received as a generous sample from the proprietor, this Qing Xin cultivar was picked 10-11 months ago and stored in a sealed vacuum pack until today (I did give it some time to air out).
Brewed in my porcelain Jingdezhen gaiwan. Boiled, slightly cooled Los Angeles tap water throughout. No rinse.
7 steeps at 1min, 1min, 1min, 1.5min, 2min, 3min, and 5min:
Pale, nearly colorless liquor; sweet, floral (gardenia, lilac?), honey-like aroma; alfalfa, guava, and subtle hints of clover and cream on the palate. Smooth, surprisingly thick mouth-feel. Impressive longevity…the flavors, especially the natural sweetness are not quick to diminish.
Buttery, clean, sweet, spring-time-in-a-cup – very good.