I am speechless. Almost.
I will have to allow the website the do the talking. I can tell you that even I, with my newbie palate could tell right away I was sipping something pretty vibrant and alive. Two steeps and I had to back off, my head felt both light and heavy at the same time. That's when I decided I better get online and find out what I was drinking. Here is what I learned.
- Vintage: 1996 - 1998
- Category: Shou
- Format: Loose leaf
- Leaf Grade: 3
- Growing Region: Lincang
- Blend of two different teas
- After-matured 3 years
WHAT'S IT LIKE?Due to the small leaf size this tea infuses quickly - a wonderful opportunity to test your gung fu brewing. It is a very complex and elemental blend with minerals, woods, grasses and waterways taking the palette on a wonderfully rich culinary tour.
Wetleaf:dark brown/black color and very even in the blend • beautiful juice exuding and quite brilliant
Broth:medium clarity in beautiful burnt umber tone during initial steepings moving into bright clear broth with gorgeous amber hue
I have now been steeping the same 5 grams of leaves for almost 24 hours. Not constantly, and I certainly didn't start the day out with 401, but at this point, I could, if I had the mental faculties and tea knowledge say a lot more about this tea than I am. Sadly for my readers, I am too new to tea to know how to talk about something like this.
I can tell you that I think I've infused the leaves maybe 8-10 times and that it rather suddenly, after being left alone for a few hours, got very sweet and gave me some chi energies that might have frightened a less adventurous newbie.
Just a wild ride, but a delicious one from the first steep almost 24 hours ago til this last one.