It was a cold, crisp morning today so a friend and I did a session on the front porch to enjoy the warmth of the indirect sun. We alternated infusions of Lang He Yu pin 2010 and Lang He Golden Buds 2006, both from Tea Urchin. The former was the clear winner for the first three infusions, giving the same flavor it would till the end, but then the Golden Buds improved and proved to have more complexity and got quite nice. When they got to the multi-minute stage, the Yu pin soon ran out of good flavor while the Golden Buds gave up two extra very pleasing more light colored infusions and probably could have given another one. Next time I'll push it more from the start to get past the slightly sour, muted phase quickly.
I had already tried both individually and thought I liked the Yu pin more, but today we drank much more slowly and that gave the Golden Buds the chance to shine.