Nice, full-bodied, savory young raw. The most defining characteristic of this tea is its savory body with hints of earthy sweetness. It really is something close to a broth made with mushrooms. Accentuating this are some lightly bitter herbal notes and some florals. The aftertaste is fresh – with mint, coriander, and apricot coming through.
It has a reasonably full body, particularly for such a young tea. It also has a nice balance of flavors. It does not have an overpowering flavor going wild like fruit, floral, or bitterness, which I sort of expected in a young raw. Everything was pretty refined and balanced, but there is some strength there that it can build on with age.
Dry leaf – fresh apricot, honey, sweet floral, mint, coriander. In preheated vessel – dried apricot and date, raisin, some nut notes, grape
Smell – grass, wood, coriander, parsley, mushroom broth, lemongrass
Taste – dewy grass, mushroom broth, hints of floral perfume. Aftertaste of mint, coriander, and hints of apricot. Some mouth-drying astringency, very little bitterness.