Dry leaves look like silver needle (long and with occasional spots of fur), loosely packed into a cake just the way I like. There are still spots of green but its generally the color of shou with some lighter mink-colored furry threads. No smell when dry but rinsed leaves smell of wet wood and slightly of seaweed (not the curated kombu, but the long slightly dried ropey stuff you find on the beaches of the pacific). The first sip goes in another direction entirely— first impression was “cedar sawdust, but in a good way”. Mellow and warm with a citric undertone on the back end.
Broth is an agave-inspired red honey tone with some of that slightly thickened mouthfeel to match.
Brewed in an 80ml porcelain gaiwan.
Flavors: Acidic, Cedar, Citrus, Sawdust, Seaweed