The first cup of it I made was really grassy and musty, something between a Chinese green and a pu-erh. I didn’t like it at all, but thought it might be better rinsed.

So the next cup I rinsed. The first steeping of the tea (at about 4 minutes) was a deep amber color with a grassy, vegetal aroma. The flavor was much improved; the mustiness was gone, but it was still very grassy tasting and vaguely reminiscent of gunpowder green.

The second steeping (closer to 6 minutes because I was reading and forgot about it) was a rich apricot color, with little aroma. The flavor was less grassy this time as well, but it was also weak, as though it wasn’t sure it was capable of a second steep.

Overall, I wouldn’t purchase this tea again, but have enough leaves left for one more cup and may experiment with a shorter first steeping time.

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