Even after the compost-heap effect of the wodui [damp pile] process used to make shupu, the leaves look pretty, as shown above. They are medium in length, and darkened nicely.
This is a rare afternoon session, because most of my time for drinking tea occurs in the mornings. I also try to avoid afternoon tea-drinking in order not to affect my sleep, which is rare enough as it is when given Xiaohu's tendency to wake throughout the night. The afternoon sun lights up the tea dramatically, pictured above, and the comforting warmth of the shupu is most welcome in this slow part of the day.
Unlike many shupu, this has a pleasant tanginess, left over from its raw state. The soup is so very clean, and smoothly, fine-grainedly particulate.
Also unlike many shupu, it has a significant energy, and a vibrancy on the tongue. The voice of the gushu leaves may still be heard.
Xiexie indeed to Nada for this charming session.