This tea from ashmanra is one of the biggest dismals in orthodox loose leaf for me. Thank you anyway for chance trying it.
I have decided to brew it gongfu, according to vendor instructions below A-House tasting note.
Steeps were 20, 30, 40, 50, 70 and 100 seconds long. Quite long rinse (about 20 seconds maybe?), as I couldn’t dump the water faster. Water was around 90 °C, again as suggested.
The wet leaf was still quite okay, ordinary malty aroma, without flaws. Common.
First steeps were quite strong, strongly malty reminding me, as LuckyMe suggest, Lipton. Especially their best selling Yellow Label. But I wouldn’t expect, nor want that in my loose leaf tea!
First steeps were indeed malty as I wrote, but unfortunately, at least, it wasn’t somehow awful. Just generic and boring. That was up to 50 seconds steep mark. Then it was just weaker and weaker, with worse and worse tannic flavour and that was all. Nothing else, but tannic and hints of malt. The last, 100 seconds steep was like brewing already brewed tea bag for 5 minutes and that’s it. Weak, somehow reminding tea, flavour.
Shame. Keeping the 40, as I would expect way more from this tea. Yes, it’s mellow. Yes, it’s unoffensive. It’s boring. For example, even Guria Likhauri is more complex than this. What’s wrong with this tea?
Flavors: Malt, Tannic, Tea