Sipdown no. 110 of 2018 (no. 466 total). A sample.
The sample packet contained just enough to both try this and sip it down. Made in the gaiwan at 195F.
I accidentally knocked the gaiwan over and a lot of the leaves spilled out right after the rinse. I got discombobulated and started the steeps at 30 sec. instead of my usual 15.
I’m deeply disappointed to note that Red Blossom no longer has this on their web site because this was awesome!
The aroma of the steeped tea is almost equal parts delicate floral and roasted, sweet depth. The flavor is reminiscent of caramelized sugar and raw, dark honey. The tea is light amber in color and clear.
The second steep, a bit longer (45 sec) , highlighted the roastiness. The tea has a soft mouthfeel and leaves a bit of freshness in the mouth as well. Someone else mentioned pine, and I think it is more that than menthol or camphor — the freshness is like what comes out of a broken pine needle.
Steep 3 (1 minute) is similar to steep 2, and at this point I’ve decided to just savor and enjoy through another steep or two rather than interrupt the enjoyment to take notes.
This tea has a lot of character, and a smoothness and lingering sweetness that makes it extremely easy to drink.
I want more, and alas, it appears that isn’t in the cards.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Floral, Honey, Roasted