drank 2009 Jingmai by white2tea
1811 tasting notes

I have got a bit (about 20 grams) from Donatzsky from IRC r/tea. Thanks!

And why I picked this one today? Honestly, I just looked to my Steepster cupboard and this was first one without tasting note. So, I took it and smelled it. It is interesting smell of dry leaf, it is bit metallic, but with some other notes I could not describe much. Maybe honey and herbs (thanks to Char (Oolong owl) with descriptions)? Certainly nice aroma.

Well I rinsed it for quite long and first steep quite short (15 seconds)
It is indeed like honey in aroma, as well some citrus peels. Taste is okay, I expected maybe bit darker (as a shu pu-erh). I don’t know why, when this is another sheng. Otherwise it is same as aroma, bit honey like with citrus notes.

2nd, 20 seconds.
Turns to more bitter, herbal notes appear while honey is disappearing. Citrus notes still somehow same. Not bad steep.

3rd, 30 seconds.
Turns even more bitter. Honey is gone. Citrus are disappearing. Moves to shu pu-erh.

4th, 30 seconds
Okay… similar to 3rd.

5th, 45 seconds
Not so bitter, but it is only note I am able to taste. I am steeping it wrong? Bit like dirty water. But not so disgusting.

6th, 45 seconds
Last one; tea is gone and I have to do something else as well. It is really similar to 5th. Maybe just this tea does not have that longevity as I am used to. It is not bad tea, but overall I am bit dissapointed. Expected maybe bit more of nice notes, less bitterness? I do not know. But it is not such bad. Just not my style.

Before trying this, I wanted to try tea I bought two years ago on Aliexpress. I never found out what is it, now I have tried Google translate and it seems it was leaves of Morus plant. I opened the bag, carefuly, because of collection. And I smelled it. It was disgusting. I throw it away. Maybe it was old, maybe it was because morus, I do not know, I did not wanted to drink it.

Food pairing: open sandwiches from my granny, we call them chlebíčky here.
No song pairing.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus Zest, Honey, Metallic

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

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