Sipdown no. 3 of August 2019 (no. 89 of 2019 total, no. 577 grand total). A sample.
I haven’t done a proper tasting in a while. Too hot, too stressed, too busy on the weekends.
I had rinsed this one weeks ago and never got to it — I let the leaves dry out and started over today with a rinse, then a 15 minute wait.
Then: gaiwan, boiling 5/5/7/7/10/10/20/30/40/60
The description says this sample is a 2007 vintage.
I was a bit disappointed, but I don’t think it is the tea’s fault. I have a feeling my water may have been stale — I just used what had been sitting in the kettle.
The tea had a very dark, clear amber liquor which persisted through 10 steeps. It did not give off the usual strong buttery aroma of white chocolate. Instead, though that was present it was somewhat faint.
Instead I got something spicy. I identified it as cinnamon, but then I wondered whether that was because I’d had some Prince Vladimir before. I felt vindicated when I read that others also got cinnamon. I also identified a sort of mustiness which I attributed to my mistreatment of the tea and the possibility of not great water, like maybe I had boiled some algae, but then I read that others got that as well.
I also found espresso and toffee notes. But I missed the white chocolate, buttery, coco-ness I have found in other shengs.
Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Espresso, Musty, Toffee, White Chocolate