First few steeps were dominated by the bitterness and some mushroom notes mentioned by others as well. Later on, the bitterness faded to allow for some sweeter and fruity notes to come forward, nothing specific i could identify though. The body is medium overall and the astringency was fairly strong throughout the session. Even though I can’t really pinpoint many specific notes, it seems complex enough. There’s a lot of subtle ones that are very much in the background. I feel like this tea can benefit a lot from aging, but it wouldn’t be my choice for drinking right now. However, the rating I gave is with respect to its current state rather than aging potential, because really that would be just a pure guess on my part.
One interesting thing I did notice during the session was very strong warming effect around steeps 4 and 5, especially in the chest and throat area.
Flavors: Alcohol, Astringent, Bitter, Mushrooms, Spicy, Vegetal