90

I bought this cake a while ago, having previously tried the 2019 vintage, but I only broke into it today. Overall, I think I like it even more than the 2019 version. The tea is very pungent and complex, I’d recommend shorter steeps for this one.

The aroma is nutty and forest-like. Throughout the session I detected scents of fruit tree flowers, plum, lavender, and juniper for example.

Rinse has a light to medium body and a velvety, numbing mouthfeel. It already has quite a lot of strength and width. It is sweet, mineral, and bitter with notes of dry forest soil, yellow sugar, licorice, and parsley root.

First proper infusion is pungent, acerb, and juicy. There is a hint of citrus zest and a strong aftertaste that brings a mix of sour, floral and bitter flavours.

Second steep bring in a grapefruit bitterness and substantial astringency. The body is medium to full. There is a light earthy peatiness present and the finish reminds me of stonefruits and citric acid.

The third, on the other hand, is floral and sweet with a decent umami too. The taste is a bit like that of shellfish. Subsequent infusion is the thickest yet and very mineral. There are notes of tobacco leaves and slivovitz.

By the seventh or eighth steep, the tea is not as astringent anymore. Moreover, its profile moves in the direction of woody, sweet and nutty flavours. There are notes such as radish, beef steak and hot hay here.

Flavors: Alcohol, Astringent, Bitter, Brown Sugar, Citrus Zest, Citrusy, Earth, Floral, Forest Floor, Fruit Tree Flowers, Grapefruit, Hot Hay, Lavender, Licorice, Marine, Meat, Mineral, Nutty, Parsley, Peach, Peat, Pepper, Plum, Sour, Stonefruit, Sweet, Thick, Tobacco, Umami, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 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. Connect at https://rateyourmusic.com/~Togo

I have been a fan of green tea for a while and I started exploring other kinds of tea in greater depth only in 2017. I rarely drink blends and generally avoid artificially scented teas. Other than that I try to keep it varied.

My rating description:
100 _ Unforgettable tea, an experience that changes your life.
90 – 100 _ Excellent tea.
80 – 90 _ Very enjoyable, I will buy again.
70 – 80 _ I enjoyed it, but I most likely won’t be buying it again.
60 – 70 _ Decent.
50 – 60 _ Average, forgettable.
40 – 50 _ I didn’t really like the tea, but it is drinkable.
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