This tea came out of the LP Mystery Group Buy – Still behind on drinking through group buys…oops. I used the whole 5.8g in my 100mL gaiwan. The leaf smelled like straw, stonefruits, and a hint of brown sugar.
The flavor, especially early on in the session, was dominated by bitterness. There were notes of straw along with the bitterness, followed up by a sweeter flavor of apricot with a bit of sugary sweetness in there as well. Unfortunately, the bitterness and sweetness were never really balanced out. I enjoy bitterness, but I prefer it to be balanced by sweetness as well – this one wasn’t really. It got slightly less bitter as I steeped it out, but as the bitterness really started to drop off, the sweetness went with it. Not a particularly great tea to me, and I didn’t get much of any qi off of it.
Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Stonefruits, Straw, Sugar