This tea was an interesting experience for me. I bought a 10g sample and have a session with a half of it, and remember it being all that spectacular. Today I wanted to have a session with a really high quality tea and LBZ is supposed to be the cream on the crop so I decided on this one when going through my collection. I used the final 5g in a 150ml gaiwan. The first three steeps were a disappointment. There was not much flavor that stood out. No bitterness or smokiness, but nothing really stood out it was kind of neutral for me. Then it started to creep in… I started feeling the cha qi, a stony kind of tingling in the body and brain. The tea has quite a bit of astringency to it. The camphor flavor and astringency finally saturated my tongue and mouth and it’s like the tea came alive! Once my mouth was all numbed up from the first three steepings, the next seven were lovely! Once the numbness in the tongue and mouth had taken hold, the tea had a thick mouth feel and several flavors became noticeable. The tea had incredible balance and which flavor stood out depended on which I was focused on at the moment. Apricot, honey, honeydew melon, a mild kind of spice there was a lot to pay attention to. This tea certainly made an impression and I am glad to have been able to experience it. Given the price of $380 and rising, it’s not worth it IMO unless you are looking for a piece for collection and long term storage of 30+ years. This one will be a gem in the 40s and 50s! As for one to drink now, given the price it’s not worth it to me.
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML