Finally sitting down for a gongfu session with my Kickstarter rewards. We had another power outage today (second one in the last month, and third this year for this area apparently. Grump.) so I was really craving a cup of tea by the time the power came back on.
The dry leaf is tightly rolled green nuggets that smell sweet, floral very creamy.
Steeped 2g in my 50ml gaiwan with 96C water. The package directions recommend 3g for 150ml, but 1g just seemed like such a tiny amount of tea for this. I think 2g was a good choice.
Steeped leaf has a surprising smell of brown sugar and kale, but the tea soup is pale yellow and both tastes and smells like the dry leaf.
First steep for 1 min is floral, fruity and creamy, with a slight tang on the finish. It has a medium body.
Second steep for a minute again has a slightly tart note on top of the orchid and creaminess, though is otherwise very similar to the first steep.
Reading the tasting notes in the description, I definitely see how this tea evokes fresh air. It’s got this sort of quality that’s both light and substantial – hard to describe, but quite lovely.
This was pretty consistent through four steeps. For my fifth I reheated my water (I’d just been pouring from my kettle as it cools) and ended up with a nice caramel note and a not so nice melted plastic note. I was hoping a sixth steep would be good but now there’s a weird cardboard taste coming through.
I’m not sure what happened here. The first four steeps were lovely and definitely worth drinking, but I think I’m done now.
Flavors: Artificial, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Cardboard, Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Kale, Orchid, Sweet, Tangy, Tart