The leaves have a grassy green smell in the tin, with a sweet floral note and just a hint of a sharp spicy note.
Gaiwan, 195F. Rinse, 15 seconds +5 for each subsequent steep.
The tea has a very pale yellow liquor. It smells fresh, with a single floral note. The description says lilac, and while I ‘m not sure I have a mental map of lilac’s aroma, I have no reason to think this isn’t that. In the first steep, there’s a light, milk note.
Later steeps continue to have the lilac note, but starting with the second steep through several more, the milky note becomes buttery. By the third steep, the leaves have greatly expanded and leave a sugary, nectar/floral scent in the cup when the tea is gone.
Something about this tea made me want to keep steeping it beyond my typical four steeps for note-writing purposes. I took this through an additional three steeps with breakfast.
That’s a really good sign, and my rating reflects it.
Flavors: Butter, Floral, Grass, Milk, Nectar, Spicy, Sweet