drank 2006 Tianpin by Yang Qing Hao
253 tasting notes

2006 YQH Tianpin

7.1g, 100 mL gaiwan, 212f, complex syrup water

Dry leaf has a dark aged herbal mushroomy smell

17s rinse

Wet leaf smells of slight mint and dark fruity notes

8s: tart, fruity aspect, and a slight brothy aspect with slight medicinal bitterness. Heating and relaxing. Sweet light fruity juicy (almost pineapple like) aftertaste.

10s: more medicinal bitter with sweet aftertaste. Slight cooling in mouth.

12s: a spiced medicinal. Slight drying. Sweet aftertaste that moves slightly to throat.

18s: lighter than before, with a slight mint edged sweet aftertaste

25s: similar

45s: darker and stronger. Astringent. But overall nice. Seems like this might need to be pushed on steep timing either from the tea or the water (TDS was 75 when measured)

1 min.: general herbal medicinal profile. Complex syrup water probably at play, but light sweet aftertaste is lasting and pleasant.

1 min.: general aged mushroomy herbal taste

2 min.: stronger bitterness, slight astringency and itchy throat

3 min.: something like a stray cherry skin note amidst water. Not much taste otherwise.

5 min.: soft woody base. Will thermos remainder

Overall: seemed to be lacking in much qi for me. Not the most exciting tea to begin with, and a rather poor value proposition when $/g ($1.60 at time of writing) is taken into consideration.

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