I still have some old CLT samples, and Jinggu Bàng is one of them. I found it a little boring taste-wise, and no other aspect particularly grabbed my attention either. However, today I did like it a bit more than at our first encounter – it seemed to have a greater depth of flavours with some fruity sweetness and camphor present.

Aroma is mostly reminiscent of forest floor, thyme, and mushrooms, with hints of alcohol, oregano, and peppercorn. The taste starts of herbal and honey-like, but quickly becomes very vegetal and astringent. There are flavours such as straw, spinach, kale, and ginger. Later on, the minerality gets enhanced too and further flavours such as fenugreek emerge. The aftertaste is long, cooling, and drying with a hint of smoke and a good hui gan.

I think the mouthfeel is actually pretty good in early infusions – soft, creamy, and active/mouth-watering – but it gets less interesting fast.

Flavors: Astringent, Camphor, Drying, Forest Floor, Ginger, Herbaceous, Herbs, Honey, Kale, Mineral, Mushrooms, Smoke, Spinach, Straw, Sweet, Thyme, Vegetal

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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Currently, I am a PhD student at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario. Apart from teas and mathematics, I enjoy sports and traveling, as well as music of all kinds.

I have been a fan of green tea for a while and only recently (in 2017) started exploring other kinds of tea in greater depth. I rarely drink blends or white tea and avoid artificially scented teas. Other than that I try to keep it varied. The one thing that I am currently missing in my collection are teas from India, in particular some Darjeelings.

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