2011 Xia Guan Jin Se Yin Xiang
Liquid Proust Teas
7.3g, 105 mL gaiwan, Brita filtered tap, 212f
dry leaves are pretty standard sheng smell
wet leaves are smoky with a hint of spice, soup, & dried fruit
15s: not much flavor, but a lightly peppery aftertaste. waiting for leaves to decompress some more.
15s: broth has a sort of grainy smell. slightly woody medicinal w/ a hint of citrus
20s x2: bitter upfront with hints of dried fruit later appearing. something vaguely citrus-y about it.
30s: leaves and broth both smell sweeter. Tea itself is bitter & brisk as usual. aftertaste picks up more of a fruity floral as well as a sort of cooling mint.
1 min: still strong on bitter notes that turn into a cool sweetness. Aftertaste had something of a soapy note
I got bored and tossed the rest into the thermos. Didn’t take notes on the result, and don’t remember what it was like, so probably as expected.