Dry leaf: Wheat, hay, honey, sweet tobacco, light dried apple. The dry leaves are so gorgeous! Mixed black leaves and silvery grey green buds. Light and feathery. Little to no broken material in the bag and almost all were 1 leaf and 1 bud as advertised. Not a lot of stem. This tea seems to have been handled very well!
Taste: Very light, sweet, dried hay, honey, citrus flowers. The body built up to medium after the first 4 steepings or so.
Liquor: Pale yellow on first and second steeps, then the leaves really opened up and brewed a nice deep yellow.
Spent leaf: The alternating colors disappear and leaves are a dark olive and medium brown color. Buds varied a little in size, as did the leaves, from small to medium.
Vessel: 110ml gaiwan (actual water 90-100ml)
Love the look of the dry leaf which is very similar to dried wood ear mushrooms! The quality of the leaf/buds is outstanding. The light body developed into a slick light-medium at about the 3rd steep and remained for 8+ steepings. I got some citrus flower and tobacco flavors which I thought were interesting. The aroma in the later steeps was strong and sweet – like clover honey, wildflowers, orchids. A very lovely, light body, sweet, fragrant tea that stays near the front of my cupboard!
Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Hay, Honey, Tobacco