Gongfu Sipdown (1470)!
Just wrapping this session right now – thank you Togo for sharing the sample!
This is very unique & pleasant with more syrupy and red fruit forward first steeps that progress into something a little more thick and jammy with undertones of dried chamomile flowers, prunes, parsley & distinct notes of pipe tobacco in the finish. Normally I would likely be turned off by a tea that has such a distinct chamomile note, as it’s not a type of tea I typically enjoy – however I think the really dynamic melange of sweeter fruity notes and that interesting tobacco note are both more than enough to make up for the one flavour I’m picking out of this session that isn’t landing with me.
All in all, I think I got a very solid eight or nine steeps before the flavour decline into spent leaf – most of them stacked two steeps at a time since I was using a pitcher/cup set much bigger than the pot I brewed in. One of the perks to working from home is deskside gongfu sessions, and this was a very splendid one!
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3mdyIbeXEY