Got a very nice sized free sample of this with my last order to Crimson Lotus Tea. I brewed this in a solid silver teapot which I think brings out all the flavors of the tea. It seems to do this more than a Yixing Teapot would do. This tea started off sweet. Once the leaves opened up a bit a bitterness crept in. The bitterness lasted for a few steeps, maybe four and was eventually replaced by a sweet note again. I am not entirely sure what to call the sweet note of this tea that developed. Just calling it apricots seems a little off but I really did not pin it down. There was also a mild astringency to this tea. Overall over twelve steeps this was a very enjoyable tea. This is definitely an example of a sheng that is good to drink now. There was also a slight bitter aftertaste that persisted with this tea. This is one I would definitely consider buying if I put in another order with Crimson Lotus Tea. I don’t even know the price of this tea. I think it is one of their higher end teas but I could be wrong. In any case I have enough of the sample left for another go at it. Next time I won’t use the silver teapot but see how it is in a gaiwan. I think some flavors are much more pronounced in the silver pot.
I steeped this tea twelve times in a 160ml Solid Silver Teapot with 10.2g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min.
Flavors: Bitter, Sweet