Gongfu Sipdown (1597)!
Thank you Togo for the sample!
Though I debated saving this aged sheng for a more special occasion, my fondness of Yiwu and curiosity clearly got the best of me! It’s no where close to brewed out yet, so I’ll have to come back to it later tonight. However these first few steeps were so sweet and captivating and the absence of astringency was notable! The rich syrupy notes of pomelo and lemon practically dominate these infusions but find balance with the slight green edge, woodier undertones and soft notes of spices and camphor in the finish. I’m excited to see what the rest of the session will hold, and also somewhat scared to see how much a full cake of this might cost – tempting as it is to check!
EDIT I did end up finishing the session during a live stream with The Rabbit of Tea on IG and it was incredible! Shifted a bit away from being more fruity and instead leaned more into the smoky/spiced and camphorous realm with that same woodiness. Still tasted somewhat of sweet pomelo throughout, though!
Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CY9310DOdLN/