This is a herbaceous tea and somewhat average among the ZSL long samples I’ve tried recently. It has big leaves and gives a good 200ml/g. It is a tea that is quite agreeable, but I doubt many would find it truly amazing.
The dry leaf aroma is sweet and grainy with a touch of fermented grapes. After the rinse, there are notes of grass compost, cape gooseberries and various flowers as well.
The rinse itself tastes mineral and savoury with a note of fresh grains. Honey sweetness permeates the whole session. It is complemented by flavours of apples and dry grass early on, and of wood, milk, and even garlic later. Infusions in the peak of the steeping curve are also somewhat biting and spicy. The mouthfeel is thicker and sticky there, otherwise I didn’t find the texture to be that noteworthy.
The aftertaste is body warming and biting. There is a lot of residual sweetness and a clover leaf taste.
Flavors: Apple, Berry, Compost, Dry Grass, Floral, Flowers, Grain, Grapes, Grass, Grass Seed, Honey, Milk, Mineral, Spicy, Sweet, White Wine, Wood