The problem with reviewing this tea is I have to compare it to a tea I have not had in a while, the 2008 Song of Chi Tse by Berylleb King Tea on EBay. There are the same tea with different names and more importantly different storage conditions. If my memory is correct the 2008 Song of Chi Tse has cleared, having virtually no fermentation taste left. This one, on the other had has a fair amount of fermentation taste left. It has not cleared. While I did not get any fishy notes from this one and enjoyed it quite a bit. It is not as good as I remember the other to be. I will have to break out that other tea and try it again. It is possible my memory is faulty? Or is it possible that the storage of the other tea was better and it had lost it’s fermentation flavor? I can’t be sure. Now to this tea. This was quite good. It was dark and rich in the early infusions, thick with fermentation flavor. It did have a bittersweet taste initially but it got sweeter. There did seem to be some notes of chocolate in there. I liked this tea and rate it quite highly. Quality wise I think they are the same.
I steeped this tea twelve times in a 120ml gaiwan with 10.8g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min. The leaves were not done but I have had enough tea and don’t want any more caffeine today.
Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Earth, Sweet