drank 2006 Snow Buds by Yang Qing Hao
253 tasting notes

Thanks to Tykal for the sample!

5.5g, 90mL gaiwan. Brita tap, quick rinse. There’s a persistent bitterness running throughout the steepings that completely squares with the one time I overbrewed the tea flowers “tea” from Little Red Cup Teas. Slightly sweet in the same bready and then distinctly sharply bitter way. The time away from Yang’s storage helped a bit, not much of the Yang storage note, and the mint/mushroom in taste are at a minimum. A search in CT server and on LP’s Etsy and seems others noted little to no astringency and bitterness, so my experience seems out of the ordinary. Perhaps due to the particular leaf of the sample, this was not great taste wise. Feeling seemed okay, bit lethargy and drowsiness that most YQH teas impart for me. Afterwards, had a bit of a stuffy heady feeling and then was not as comfortable. I probably could’ve continued steeping, but couldn’t stand the bitterness today and stopped around steep 6-7. Scared to try the Yehgu I ordered…

Wet leaf pics (https://imgur.com/a/zBBih18). A mix of colors here. Yabao, pu, and something else?

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