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For lovers of bold yet complex sheng.
A young gushu from trees a century old, it contends the elevated reputation of the older trees of Laobanzhang. An avid connoisseur may know the sheng pu'er from this area for its complexity and power, containing a force to be reckoned with. This tea may be young, but is no different: an overpowering cha qi takes shape from the third or fourth brew on, a surprising antipode to its gentle flavor profile of soybean, jackfruit in its distinctive musk, and white chocolate in its waxy body. For a less potent punch, we found that flash brewing this tea with a pinch fewer leaves than recommended brings out the more delicate aromas and smoothness.
Start with few seconds. Increase the brewing time at each following infusion. Exception: If the leaves are pressed, make the first infusion longer than the second. For best results in gongfu cha, brew in a Yixing teapot.