Farmerleaf Gulan 2020
Recently I have been really impressed with and appreciative of the informative videos produced by William Osmont over at Farmerleaf. It is unusual to find a tea-maker as transparent, as openly philosophical, and from what I’ve seen so far, as factually accurate, as Farmerleaf. That being said, I fear the day that the marauding Farmerleaf “Tea Ambassadors” make it to my door with their tea picks and gaiwans… I will regret ever having written this post.
The dry leaf is quite dark and twiggy, the compression is medium and has a lot of particulate. It doesn’t look too green. The aroma is of young sheng but not very pungent and is quite restrained.
Initial steep is moderately bitter and quite thick. Dark green profile with a good subtle resinous pungent empty cup aroma. Restrained, gushu profile, with good processing.
There is a touch of brassiness, and an interesting muskiness or farm aroma. Some astringency starts to show, but there is a very nice thick mouthfeel and a depth in the throat, with a downward energy.
Continues to be quite thick, heating beginning, and significant energy flow. Strong activity in the mouth after the bitter arrival, with a kind of tongue activation related to an astringent layer which does melt away. Stronger energy and significant frisson.
Not too green, not too sweet. Musky style resin, not honey or floral. The frisson and grounding energy are quite pleasant, it feels good. Thick and oily, some huigan, again the sweetness is not very pronounced but it is there.
Long test steep is quite bitter indeed, with strong astringency as well. It does have a dark green young sheng impact on the stomach, as expected.
This tea strikes me as a well-processed non-finicky gushu production with an enjoyable energy and plenty of bitterness and astringency for the future. Its best aspect is the thick oily mouthfeel and grounding pleasant energy with long-lasting mild frisson. It is quite balanced and somewhat restrained, without any fireworks, so to speak. 6.6