This tea surprised me. This was my second Green Hype, and it came as a free sample like the previous one. I enjoyed the previous one, but it’s still a little full bore for frequent consumption even with a few years of age on it. Despite this one’s 2022 vintage, I’m guessing the provenance or the amount of 4 year aged material has it very drinkable by Dec 2022. Two flash rinses at 100C is perfect for me. It’s still got lovely light, fresh aroma with palatable astringency in the early steeps. More apricot jam shows up in subsequent steeps with good huigan. It’s not particularly stewey or soupy, nor is the stimulation aggressive if I moderate my consumption in a session. The tea has good legs to it and develops decently over a longer session.
I really like the balance of this tea right now, and feel like it would be easy to talk about what it doesn’t have. It’s not a tea of excess in any area, which I’m beginning to appreciate. I don’t have to be in the mood for what it’s offering, because what it’s offering is just nice. It’s not stewy or bitter or aggressive, it’s not heavy on tobacco or aloeswood or prunes or cotton candy. But unlike many teas that are middle of the road, this one doesn’t bore me. It rewards me, it develops, it holds my interest. It’s not easy to unpack what’s going on in the background, and I honestly don’t want to try. Sometimes Baroque music is nice playing in the background. This is one that I didn’t take as seriously as I should have when I first got it because it was young and it was a tea club cake, but I’ve grown to appreciate it. I’ve had “better” teas that I drink less of because they are have a strong and demanding identity. This tea strikes a great balance between demanding attention and not warranting it. It’s something that I can forget that I’m drinking until a fresh cup sparks new joy when it touches my lips, and it’s at a great price point for doing just that.
Flavors: Apricot, Jam, Pepper, Tangy