This was in a free package of samples for review from good ol’ Tiago of Tea Encounter. This 2023 TE Pasha Gushu goes for $115.00 for 200g cake or $0.58/g.
Sunday, September 17, 2023
2023 Tea Encounter Pasha Gushu: Complex Mind Qi
Dry leaves are very green with a piercing cooling pungent odour.
First infusion has a mild bitter pungent vegetal taste. There is a low lingering cooling with a faint sweetness lingering on the breath.
Second has a smooth watery bitter vegital onset slight forestry bitter taste but faint florals emerging as well. Chest beats and expansion feeling. Nice sticky chalky reasonably full mouthfeeling with sensory expansive feeling. I hear distant things clearly and my mind is active, focused, searching peacefully. Simultaneously relaxing and active qi. Spacey head, tingling elbows. Complex qi.
Third infusion has a complex vegetal Forest taste with bitterness that bites upfront. There is a long floral taste and bitterness
Cooled infusion has a floral deep bitter cool pungency to it. Strong mind qi.
Fourth infusion has a watery forest vegital taste. With a longer expanding floral note and bitter taste with sticky chalky mouthfeel. Chest beats and expanding with mind fixing
6th is left to cool and is a vegital bitter floral onset with a moderate sticky chalky mouthfeel and chest expanding qi.
7th has a bitter floral vegetal sort of a complex qi feeling with an expanding chest bodyfeeling and mind spacy but fine attention to all sensations.
8th I finished off with a long thermos steeping overnight… the next day it was very floral with sweet cherry underneath mild bitterness not as much as I thought. Nice forestry cool pungency on the breath. Nice bitter sweet balance. Not really astringent. Nice mind feeling.
This was my favourite of the 2023 Tea Encounter Gushus- powerful, flavour, and complex Qi. It was also the one I was most excited about trying. It was also the first I tried.