I actually quite enjoyed this despite its heavy bitterness, it’s a bit more complex than the Bi Luo Chuns I’ve had before:
It starts out lightly vegetal with notes of melon, a little bit roasty and a smooth mouthfeel in the first steep, no bitterness as the leaves are unfurling, which only took one steep so
After that, it became bitter and reminiscent of smoked meat, but not overly prominently, there was also a lot of melon, cabbage, spinach, and a bit roasty,
Later, in the middle of the session I was getting somewhat tropical notes of mango, and also some orange as the bitterness was steeped out and was replaced with very noticable astringency
The session faded into a very astringent, very plain tasting vegetal green, with still the slightest bitterness.
I really just appreciate the mango notes I found in there, it was very unexpected, which is always fun; the middle steeps made me think much higher about it than I would have after the beginning, it was very strong and smokey to start with.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Green, Mango, Melon, Orange, Roasted, Smoke, Spinach, Tannic, Vegetal, Wood