i dont know why this is so bitter, but it is, and it seems to draw the moisture from my mouth. i used 3g in a 60ml gaiwan which may be too much, however this is the first steep.
it smells of campfire, menthol, molasses, and seaweed.
second steep and the taste is really harsh; my whole mouth feels dry and pasty. i need milk- i dont even drink milk, but i need it to put out the fire in my mouth. if theres any upside to this tea right now, its the qi im feeling even with such a small quantity. Im just going to sit through this.
on a good note, ive just set up my tea space again after a year or so so now i can gong fu. im at a new apartment too and my room is a good size. unfortunately my tea table must also be used for my painting spot which takes priority in this case so i may have to move tea spot to the dining room table.
leaves have opened up now after maybe the 7th steep, and the brew is actually sweeter and more bearable. and wow i feel kind of stoned. just staring out the window, feeling the buzz.
ok the bitter has died right down. i feel a slight cooling of the mouth on inhales.. pretty nice. thats it im done with this review. this tea is like a chinese finger trap, once you’re in you dont get out.