Feeling like drinking some samples on my day off today (unfortunately day off = a long day of catching up on work, not getting any downtime). I have this sample sitting in my tea drawer. I recently reorganised when I made my teaware/stash spreadsheet to keep track of everything, and I now have all my straight teas in a box separate from flavoured. They were taking on flavours/scents and I’m hoping this way I can taste the unaltered flavour when I brew them.
I think this sample could have come from LP’s Helping Hand/Puerh help, but I have it in a bag with my own writing on it (presumably because I’ve had this before and moved the rest of sample to a smaller bag?) Regardless, I know I didn’t buy it, so thank you to whoever sent me this. It isn’t something I would buy normally, so it is really great to step out of my box.
2.5g leaf (all of what is left of this sample),, 150 mL per steep
Steep 1: 10 seconds
Light flavour, no bitterness at all, tastes like puerh but is very well rounded. Nothing unpleasant about this at all.
Steeps 2 & 3: 10 seconds
Very smooth, the flavour reminds me of when you cut your lawn and leave piles of cut grass on top. The grass dries out in the sun, but if you ever pick up a bigger pile, inside is hot and moist as it decays. It isn’t a vegetal flavour, but reminds me of autumn leaf pile and drying cut grass. Hints of fruit also.
Steeps 4 & 5:10 seconds
A little bit of barnyard, a little bit of sweet fruit. Absolutely no astringency, bitterness, mushroom/fungus. This is so smooth and enjoyable I drank the 4th cup mindlessly while watching a youtube video and forgot I to write tasting notes on it.
Steeps 6 & 7; 15 seconds each
It has a very pleasant sweetness to it. Notes of hay and stonefruits.
Steep 8: 15 seconds
It has gotten quite fruity, like peach/apricot and tropical fruits. The sweetness continues to develop.
If YS still has this in stock, I’m buying a whole cake no matter the price. I’m blown away by how good this is.
Flavors: Apricot, Barnyard, Dry Grass, Fruity, Hay, Hot Hay, Smooth, Stonefruit, Sweet