This tea is strong and somewhat bitter. It was quite tasty though. It stayed bitter throughout the first four or five steeps and then a sweet note emerged. This is an excellent tea for the price. At $18.50 it’s not a big risk in a tea. I think it’s got a lot of potential. If only my pumidor wasn’t full. I will have to dry store this one and see what happens. I’m not really sure how to describe the sweet note that emerged. There was still a bitter aftertaste even with this sweet note.
I brewed this tea eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9.3g leaf and 190 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec.