Okay, finally, I have received a second box from derk and thus all teas should be tried as soon as possible. Okay, joking… but this one had on the label a warning sign saying DRINK SOON! so I decided to try it first from this box.
I have prepared it gong-fu and according to Ketlee.in suggestion. So 80°C water, 4 grams per 120 ml. As I had only 3 grams and 125 ml gaiwan, I was prepared for a little weaker tea.
I also steeped according to their suggestion, so 20 seconds first and subsequent steeps were with 5 seconds increments.
The dry aroma was reminding me mostly some sheng puerh from Farmerleaf and their maocha I had chance to try. So, nothing too distinctive, but like sun-dried tea leaves with hints of vegetal notes.
First steep and thus wet leaves were very different. Almost rose-y, white tea like, hints of hay and decently floral (other than rose). Liquor was again rose-like, so lightly peppery, lightly herbal. In the mouth it was smooth and round. No astringency.
Next steeps were a bit harsher, stronger rose notes and honey note that I have picked up. Lightly spicy maybe as well, but certianly not overpowering.
The mouthfeel was amazing and long lasting. It has got those flavours and they were staying for long. I would gladly try it again and I will keep it in the wishlist as a tea I will look later on.
Afterall, I would not expect this as a black tea. Rather it is somewhere on crossroads of maocha and white tea? Not sure. But as I wrote, is it truly black tea?
Thank you derk, it was nice start from this long-travelling box.