This is an inexpensive brick of tea (£10/250g) from TeaCuppa. Lisa provided this as a "thank you" following the tasting event from several weeks ago - an appreciated gesture, but entirely unnecessary. The following notes are, as usual, taken directly from my journal.
The wrapper discloses little, short of "Yiwu zhengshan" [proper mountain] and "laoshu" [old tree] - no factory name is given, unfortunately.
Caledonian Springs @ 100C in 12cl pot for young shengpu; ~5-6g leaf; 1 rinse
Dark on the outside, where they have been ground by the compressor, but very green on the interior. A blend, from stems to tips. The aroma is fresh and similarly green.
3s, 5s, 9s, 15s:
A strong, orange soup, though fairly murky. No aroma at all. The body of the soup is thick and heavy in the mouth. There is strong ku, but not an immense flavour - what there is remains low, and lightly interesting. The aftertaste is slow in coming, and is eventually sweet - something akin to my understanding of Yiwu, but not too clear.
The third infusion sees a diminishing level of ku, but the character of the tea becomes slightly rough. The final, fourth infusion is rough in the throat.
Messy. "Leftovers?" Very green, almost like young lucha. Lots of stems.
A daily shengpu. I can't imagine that the somewhat understated flavours could carry it very far in aging, but it does have a ton of bitterness. Not too thrilling in quality, but not "bad".