From derk! Thanks so much! Had this a few days ago. Jun Chiyabari is UP THERE on the list of stellar teas IMO. I’m very thrilled to try a couple more, due to derk’s generosity! I tried to use delicate parameters on this one, in the hopes of not oversteeping it. And whoa what a unique flavor profile this one is. I guess I used fairly close to the suggested parameters, without checking first. The brew is golden. The steeped leaves have a ridiculously sweet fragrance — almost like maple syrup! The flavor is like white grapes with even that dry mouth feel that a quality white grape juice might have (not that I’ve really tried white grape juice?) But then there is also a flavor to the tea like it’s a much lighter version of Premium Taiwanese Assam. It’s definitely a fruity profile – featuring many fruits – white grape, strawberry that I’m usually getting from fresh PTA and maybe even a hint of a sweeter lemon. All around unique!! The third steep was a bit overdone and flat — which is what I was trying to prevent with my delicate steeping. But maybe the leaves were toast by then. Next time, I will try a much cooler temp on the third steep. The first two steeps though – the quality of a fine white wine in a mug! derk describes this as SUNNY and I agree!
Steep #1 // 2 loose teaspoons for full mug // 31 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 26 minutes after boiling // 2 min
Steep #3 // 16 minutes after boiling // 2 min
Flavors: Lemon, Strawberry, White Grapes, White Wine