o Quantity: Half sample pack / 110 ml
o Water temperature: 90°C
o 3 infusions: 60, 90, 90 sec
Stream of consciousness notes (ie. don’t think too much, don’t care about grammar, just write what you are experiencing as you experience it)
o Dry leaf aroma: Sweet, sugar based candy with the faintest hint of cherry flavoring, background note is mineral, foreground is a creamy sugar note that is airy but bold. Other notes detected are honey, a hint of coconut, a hint of caramel, and some roasted nuttiness mixed in and buried within the sweetness. A faint hint of cotton candy is noticed when leaves are allowed to air out.
o Dry leaf aroma in heated gaiwan: light roasted note added on top of the notes above, dark cherry note added, as well.
o 1 sec wash
o Liquor color: brown that borders on tan, has a tinge of yellow. medium in value.
o Throat: soft sugar cane, faint cherries, faint caramel, incredibly sweet
o Wet leaf aroma: wet rocks, minerals, fresh greens, faint amount of flowers
o Liquor aroma: very warm and deep aroma of honey, cream and butter, faint fresh and overly buttery pastries, small amount of caramel
o Taste: minerals are sharp and hit first, not astringent, body is thin, mineral notes become more faint as notes of cream, honey, and caramel hit, small amount of floral notes hit towards the end of the sip. medium length and is more cooling than warming, overall mouthfeel is creamy
o 2nd infusion taste: you can tell immediately that the complexity has diminished a bit from the first infusion, same notes are present but with the distinct hot water aroma note added to it
o 3rd infusion taste: minerals evolve into a faint amount of honey, butter and flowers, mouthfeel is still creamy, medium length and even more cooling, overall the notes are not as strong, can detect a very small amount of cherry appearing at the end of the sip, no astringency
o 4th infusion taste: incredibly soft and smooth, all notes are faint – notes of butter arrive first and then minerals that remain for the entire sip, and honey makes an appearance close to the front but vanishes. overall a relaxing steep and not complex
o Spent leaf aroma: floral, minerals, wet leaves, mostly minerals.