The early steeps of this tea were what I would describe as ‘juicy’. They were interestingly sour in a way that many fruit juices are. It produced a feeling on the tongue and in the bottom of the cheeks that was pleasantly drying and slightly cooling at the same time.
Very thick at first, thinning out a bit in later steeps. The tea coats the tongue and makes it feel flush or slightly swollen. It is similar in character to the w2t Tuhao, although this is not as throaty of a tea, and the huigan is not as strong.
What was most intriguing was the complexity of aroma in the gaiwan. Each steep brought out something different, sometimes drastically different than the last steep. Overall a very enjoyable tea.
Flavors/Aromas: Steamed Rice, Pipe Tobacco, Masala Spice, Grain, Minerals, Grape, Apple