2015 EoT Autumn Chawangshu
Aug 3, 2016. 5g/70ml gaiwan. [6.0]
- The material for this tea is very nice – dark, large leaves, with some silver. Loose compression. Very similar if not better than the W2T Last thoughts in appearance. Thick stems and whole leaves.
- Very thick tea right from the start. medium-high to high thickness. Not much bitterness, and some tannins creep in steeps 4-8 but these are not too bad at all, medium tannins.
- Yellow-peach colour, slight aged taste and juicy aftertastes, very similar to W2T Last Thoughts except significantly more umami. Very savoury especially in the early steeps. Matcha/Gyokuro notes, green notes on first 2 steeps.
- Classic Yiwu pungent floral aroma is really intense and permeates whole head. Lasts for many steeps and a long time on the resting liquor. Besides this the other great quality of this tea is the taste in the very back of the throat. It is a good example of tasting the actual flavour deep in the throat, and I see why it is so satisfying to have that reservoir of taste back there.
- There is a part of the arrival where the flavour kind of blanks out, you get a weird vegetal note which is kind of milky. The best thing I can compare it to is weak Chrysanthemum tea. This is a part of the arrival which I don’t like and I haven’t had this experience with a premium Yiwu before. I experienced this from Steeps 2 — 10 or so. Thankfully the tea recovers from this and delivers nice aftertastes, otherwise it would be quite insipid in the mid-steeps.
- There is heat, face heat, some relaxation.
So far this tea, together with the Yibang ancient, and then the Manlin is my favourite of the club teas. Glad that I am finding some that I like.