199 Tasting Notes
I did at least 11 steeps of this (I always lose count, but I used up 35oz of water).. I’m feeling jingmai. Not exactly jingmai, mind you, but it’s what my mind thinks of when tasting this. There’s a soft bitterness, not punchy, and plays well with the innate sweetness of the tea. A soft floral/fruit note, syrupy, and a full mouthfeel. Not a tea drunk tea for me, but overall, very enjoyable. This could be the one that I order another cake of.
Finally got around to trying this last night.. I tried some from the gourd instead of the cake, so I might get different flavors when I try the cake at some point. The steeps are nice and sweet, creamy, and a little fruity.. I noticed at steep six that I got some familiar bulang-type bitterness (which I was told later was actually Manzhuan). This only lasted for the one steep though. Overall, I would use the word “milky” to describe the tea, though not in the way that a jin xuan is milky.
W2T July Teaclub
Very interesting and complex tea..
Rinse: 30s, light peach color.. a little smoke, smooth shou flavor.
Steeps 1&2: 5s, orange/yellow color.. smoky, campfire, wood, wet leaves
Steep 3: 5s, fire orange.. same flavors, but a soothing, warming feeling.. a touch of sweetness
Steep 4: 10s, bright orange.. same flavor.. not my favorite flavor in the world, but it’s alluring.. drawing me to have another sip, and another.. I’m feeling the qi building and also feeling slightly drunk.. off of a yiwu, which is new for me.
Steeps 5&6: 10s, bright orange.. the rough edges of the flavor are gone now, yielding a tea that is smooth, woody, and smooth.
Steep 7: 15s, orange.. Now here’s where I’m going to sound like a nutjob. Add the smallest pinch of salt (literally, a few granules). You won’t notice the salt, but it unlocks a cooling sensation and a sweetness for me that’s amazing. Or maybe I’m just teadrunk. Either way.
Steeps 8&9: 15s, light orange.. still some woodsy notes, but a sweetness is breaking through the noise.. honey-like..
This is as far as I can go right now.. Excuse me while I take a cold shower XD This tea makes me so warm inside. Let me know if I just lost all credibility with the salt thing ;)