Probably last tea I haven’t tried, from two boxes I received earlier, from derk. Thank you! I am having another headache. Had a several panic attack earlier this day. I really like to see my brother and his family, but they are so big triggers :(
The tea… I took 5 grams and brewed gongfu; and I still have lots of to try different methods. The chunk is big so I let it absorb the humidity after 10 seconds rinse, which I decided to drink.
Dry aroma should smell like mint and mushrooms and well I think I get it. Bit of forest floor is there too. Anyway, the rinse is thick in taste and somehow without much taste. No astringency though; rather bit on the sweet side.
The chunk dissolved itself. Great!
1st steep; 15 seconds.
I have to agree with derk, in aroma it is rather floral; but in taste it jumps to vegetal, smooth and hints of mint. Not sure about the mushrooms, but to be honest I know mostly Boletus sp. mushrooms and that calls mushroom taste to me. The brew is very thick, which musty mint aftertaste. A bit of osmanthus in this steep too.
2nd steep; 20 seconds.
Yep; some astringency with vegetal and mushroomy notes. Musty somehow, but not a bad thing.
3rd steep; 25 seconds.
That’s not astringency how I would expect it. But not a fan of it. Is it that mushroomy taste? It’s as well quite herbaceous.
4th steep; 30 seconds.
Ah, finally, a taste profile I prefer. Lightly astringent sheng. Herbal and vegetal.
5th steep; 35 seconds.
I am agreeing with tperez now. It gets more honeyed. Not mushroomy. Light astringency.
6th steep; somewhere around 40 seconds.
Honestly, hoped for more forest profile but it didn’t deliver. I wonder if I have different expectation of forest than derk have. Not even my preferred profile today.
Flavors: Astringent, Forest Floor, Herbaceous, Mint, Mushrooms, Musty, Vegetal