I was really curious about this one, and since it was on sale, I decided to get an ounce. Starting off, the dry leaves are long and spindle like, scented very similar to a Yunnan White Moonlight but grassier. I added about a tablespoon of it, but not a full one because the leaves were so long.
I did pour 195 F hot water in for fifteen seconds, and drank it. It definitely taste like a green version of a Yunnan Moonlight. It has the weird, hay and creamy notes of one, but then it has a very grassy seaweed taste. I did the second steep for about 30 seconds and it was the same as the first.
I am glad that I tried it, but it’s not my favorite. I think that this is an amazing quality tea with a very unique, almost Pu-Erh type taste, though not one that I would drink often. I personally did not enjoy this one as much as I thought I would.
…now for the back note. I had to try it again. I used considerably less leaves this time, at around four grams with water at 180. First infusion after 30 seconds it was still the sea weed fishy grass I didn’t like. But I steeped it again at 50 seconds by accident, and it tasted like a green tea with a recognizable apricot note. It was way better. Third time at around three minutes, it kinda resembled a Sencha with more sea mist than weed, yet not quite as grassy or sweet. It still resembles a Yunnan Moonlight and really isn’t close to a Sencha, but again, there’s that maritime quality to it. The rating remains as a personal seventy for me, but I liked it more in the later infusions.
Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Cream, Grass, Hay, Seaweed, Umami