Gongfu Sipdown (2346)!
Thank you Togo for this sample!
When the water hit the leaves the immediate aromas were that of fresh farmyard mud and cherry juices; it was so pleasant and intriguing!! Steeped this pu’erh is THICK. The muddy, earthy farm-type notes and bright acidity of the cherry still come through, but mixed with other notes like antique books, molasses, fig jam, and roasted burdock and chicory root. All that with an almost creaminess and starchy quality to the mouthfeel and anchoring undertones of freshly made oat milk. I don’t always love that sour tip not acidity that comes from real chicory but, in this particular instance as a natural part of the tea’s flavour, it’s a welcome note alongside such heavy wet, dank earthiness. It even has a bit of a petrichor finish to go alongside the cool post-rain air that I can currently smell just outside my window.
Shou pu’erh is definitely a comfort tea for me, and I reached for this tea both because it was a cozy choice for a grey and rainy day and because I unfortunately cracked the lid of my 50ml gaiwan in half earlier today and needed something that I knew would cheer me up. I also chipped another gaiwan too, but thankfully that one was just a cosmetic chip. I tried looking for where I could buy a replacement lid, but I haven’t found anywhere selling one small enough, so please hit me up with your recommendations for somewhere I can get some kintsugi done – especially here in the Montreal area!!
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6LBId2_S3w