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Gongfu Sipdown (1408)!I think this is my favourite tea sample from Pugs and Pigs yet!! The soup is very thick and viscous, and the taste is this magical combination of syrupy golden raisins, deep petrichor, wet decaying wood, camphor and forest undergrowth, sandalwood, & resinous pine sap! It’s pretty close to all my favourite pu’erh tasting notes all swept up into one delicious session! In fact, I forgot that it was a sheng when I picked the sample to steep up and because the tasting notes are more in line with the style of shou I usually buy (and the leaf was so dark and aged) I did mistake it for a shou for the first steep or two.
Also, cramming this delicious session of twenty year old sheng into an hour long video meeting was a bit of a mistake because I was feeling SUPER tea drunk and buzzed about a half hour after my meeting, and I still had an hour of work left. Focus was… hard.
Gongfu Sipdown (1402)!
So I finished this off and immediately wished I had bought more than just the one sample – this tea was left in a Chardonnay seasoned oak barrel for about a year and it really comes across! From the first steep, the liquor was coating and flavourful w/ bordering on juicy notes of white grapes, green melon and pomelo with undertones of honeysuckle and linden blossom honey – all while still maintaining the delicate, softly sweet nature of the shou mei!! I’ve definitely tried a solid handful of teas that have undergone similar “treatments” in comparable alcohol soaked barrels – some of the better have been port aged – but this stands out to me as the one that best reflected what it was aged with while still being VERY delicious!!
Gongfu Sipdown (1357)!
Sipped on this one yesterday evening! Early steeps are thick and syrupy with apricot jam top and body notes and a backbone of spicy Cocobolo wood and forest undergrowth. It’s progressed further away from syrupy fruit notes with each steep, leaning more into those forest flavours of various woods & tree barks, damp earth, and spices/light camphor – with a soft astringency throughout and a fleeting pleasant medicinal bitterness followed by a sweep of sweetness that crawls down the throat – almost like buckwheat honey, but not so dark and molasses-y. The soup is a gorgeous, dark amber!! I want to sip through more of the other tea samples I ordered last month first, but this is something I would definitely order again!
Gongfu Sipdown (1371)!
I spent a portion of Sunday talking to VariaTEA and a few other IG tea nerd friends about tasting notes/descriptions and I think this tea is such a great example of one of those teas that evoke a specific feeling/memory. It’s so thick and burly with camphorous notes of potting soil, petrichor, syrupy raisins, and wet decaying wood but as I sip on these early infusions the thing my mind keeps wandering back to is helping my grandma in her garden as a small child on summer vacation – hands and knees caked with wet dirt after summer storms as we planted flowers or harvested sugar snaps! It’s a very powerful and nostalgic memory and flavour association! Kudos to whoever named the tea because, frankly, they nailed it!
(Also – steeps for SUCH a long time! Ten+ infusions easy on this beauty!)