I haven’t had a proper Qingxiang tieguanyin in ages. I can’t remember last time drinking it — it must have been at least a few months ago when a guest came, if not more.
It’s one of those teas that come in little pouches, which are handy for people like me who go through their tieguanyin in years, not months or days. A zhuni pot seems appropriate, especially since it’s roomy enough for the tea to expand and brew. When you drink a tea very infrequently, you often come across notes or tastes that are not always obvious when you drink it frequently, and it happened here as well. Once again, I’m gravitated to what I mentioned as the “true” taste of tea, noticing how it was very strong underneath the veneer of fragrance that you get with this type of tieguanyin. In fact, I started wondering if it might be time for me to revisit some of these lighter teas, since my normal diet of tea consists of aged oolongs and wet stored puerh, with some younger puerh thrown into the mix. At least I didn’t get dizzy drinking this.