So, my first London Steepster meet happened. This has been a long time arranging as me & Rui have missed each other, but finally it did, which was handy because I had a big bag of teas to give to the English members of the group buy I did from Singapore.
Rui, Jeremy , Heather VoirentTea and Husbear settled down opposite me in Mei Leaf, Cambden for some puerh. We paid corkage as it was about us bringing tea along and sampling, I handed over some 7536, Lincang Wild & Dan Cong from singapore, while Rui brought out some 2009 Yiwu, 1990s Green mark, Lao Ban Zhang, Mengsong, HK stored puerh, & a LOT of White2Tea Samples.
Rui thought the 2009 Yiwu maocha from Chadao.de should be tasted. It was perfect for the first tea of the meet. A chadao Yiwu was actually how me and Rui started chatting in the first place, he shared me some, I loved it & bought a bing. We have similar taste, leaning towards the floral, sweet, smooth flavours as opposed to overly strong, aggressive, smoky, tobacco, sharp puerh.
This Yiwu was delicious. No other words for it – amazing long leaf, and with a perfumed sweetness that carried throughout the session. I think it was about 9-10g and 5 of us were happily drinking it for over an hour. Top quality, thick, smooth, elegant but strong where needed. Quite a sensual taste – I couldn’t fault anything about it.
After the Yiwu, VoirenTea & husbear left, & it was now a triumvirate. We drank some Hong Kong stored, aged Sheng. This is apparently from a magic shop that only Rui & TeaDB know about. It had some storage which dissipated, and some interesting apple huigan. We discussed tea & more tea over the course of a couple of hours, maybe more? I could have say there for longer but we had to leave.
I left with some of their King Plum & Young Gushu 2017. The plum was tasty but oh so pricey. The Young Gushu is probably more my price range (cake-wise anyway)
Next year we will meet again, perhaps for longer. Everyone welcome!
Thanks to Don Me Leaf for allowing us to do this.