All day here, the weather casts a subdued and still presence on the day. A grey, opaque veneer covers the sky. The day is chill and the leaves on the Japanese maple near the tea deck shrivel and lose their beet red vibrancy before dropping. It's a pleasant ambiance for tea.
I pour 9 rounds of SDIQ Qing Xin wulong tea (purchased earlier this year in Taiwan) in a new Petr Novak 150ml unglazed teapot, bought recently from Darjeeling.cz's latest offering. It's my first pour with the pot. I prepare 9.5 grams of dry leaf with filtered water, a Bonavita, and glazed Petr Novak 70ml cups.
This tea is unique amongst all the Taiwan wulongs I drink. It has a slight bake/roast and carries a malty, almost maple sweet flavor over the Qing Xin vegetal base, with a subtle floral, and is not overly fruity in any way. It has forward mouth flavor and a subtle throat, with a slightly copper tone to its liquor. It's a very pleasant tea, not too astringent/rasping and both warm and comforting.
Today's pour is a gift: such rich and settled presence amidst the tea room for nine wonderful rounds. While sitting, I feel my heart beat in my whole body, slow, a beat per second to second and a half, and feel a tonifying warmth rush up my back, collect in my face,and move out through my extremities...intense, but calm rushes of chaqi. I'm not certain what factor most brings this day's rich time of presence, the weather, the stillness in the house, the tea, tea setting, the new pot, the music of Coyote Oldman playing in the tea room, the incense smoke rising...or some rich combination of it all. Either way...wonderful pour!