I recently put in an order of 15 samples of YS’s private pressings. This is the first I’m tucking into. I also got a cute little 60ml gaiwan so I can stop using my huge one.
Slightly musky floral smell at first, similar to jasmine but brighter. Smell becomes grassier through the steeps and less floral. First steep after the rinse was essentially flavorless so I’ll just call it a second rinse (: Very nice light yellow liquid.
Steeps 1-6 were flash steeps.
First real steep is pretty astringent. Mushroom and mineral. Second and third steeps are similar, high astringency and more mineraly. Fourth and fifth, the astringency stays about the same but more floral flavors are there. Sixth on, the astringency finally chilling out. Finally got the balls to lengthen the steep for the 7th since it doesn’t turn my mouth into the desert anymore. Tastes of citrus, flowers, and dirt. In a good way. 8th is getting really nice and I’m scared I’m towards the end! Really creamy feeling and excellent aftertaste. Qi is showing (or I’m just laughing myself short of breath on /r/youtubehaiku and mistake that for cha qi). 9th is good too. 10th has some nice cooling and still really nice flavor, although a bit light. 11th and 12th I left a little longer and they’re nicer than I expected.
Finally giving up around the 16th steep, although it’s still kinda tasty!
Any advice on getting rid of the astringency right away and getting to the flavors I got from the later steeps sooner? Do I not flash brew this but do more of a 5,10,15,20etc. style? This would be a stellar tea if not for the high astringency.