2016 Sheng Olympics
This tea immediately caught my attention. I peeked through the clear packaging, and I can already spot the long whole beautiful leaves loosely entangled. I opened it up and took a sniff. This tea is pretty fragrant with strong sweet floral notes, hay, and ivy. I popped what I had into the warmed yixing and let it sit. The aroma was thick with super sweet scents of winter honey and orchid. I can also note some wooded Cyprus in the background. I washed the leaves once and prepared for brewing. The viscous nature of this tea began to show its face. I picked up some spiced green notes of spinach and roasted asparagus; I note some butter in the background. I flashed brewed this until later steeping. The sip begins with a nice sweet flavor. The taste is crisp and lasting with a grassy bite. The session progresses and I can now understand why this is described as being vicious. I can only describe the taste as an acidic sugar. The brew is light and sweet with mouth watering effect, but it quickly changes to a tingling bite mixed with a drying sensation. The brew carries some light pine tones along with a nice floral and oily finish. In later steeping, the brew becomes thick with a progressively more aggressive sweetness. The qi begins with heating the face and some head rushing. Then, it quickly moves throughout the body and causes the blood to begin rushing. I felt a mixture between an intense rush and then a smoothed drowsiness. I was able to pull a decent amount of steeping sessions from my pot, and this brew lasted for quite some time. The taste lasted in the mouth, but I didn’t experience any huigan. I enjoyed this tea, and I could see myself drinking this regularly; however, the brew is light and could use some more leaf.
Flavors: Asparagus, Floral, Grass, Orchid, Pine, Spinach, Sweet, Winter Honey