Dry leaf: A hint of mint, smoke, tart dried fruit, honey. Pretty loose cake material. Leaf in a warm clay pot had a slight vegetal and dankness to it.
Taste: Good sweetness, fruity with honey, a little tartness. Very full, smooth, slick mouthfeel 3rd steep on.
Liquor: Bright, beautiful, golden yellow.
Spent leaf: Olive to dark olive. No discolorations. Leaves were in decent condition.
Vessel: 125ml clay pot
The flavor and body were light on the 1st and 2nd steeps but had a nice honey aroma and a mouthwatering effect. Body and flavor really pick up at the 3rd steep and the liquor is a bright golden yellow. I got a tiny hint of mint at the beginning, but mostly a honey sweetness and tart dried fruit. I very much enjoyed the mouthfeel. Nice and creamy with a tiny touch of roughness on the tongue.
Overall, the mouthfeel was what really carried this tea for me. It was so nice you just wanted to keep on going with it.
Update 03/13/17 – The tea has rested a couple of weeks and I upped my leaf ratio. No more astringency and a nice honey sweetness is coming out. Upped my rating & updated notes! For me this was a lesson in letting the tea rest a bit.
Flavors: Dried Fruit, Honey, Mint, Smoke