Azzrian’s tasting notes made this sound so good that I had to brew this tonight!
I did no rinse for this, and the first steeping (5 seconds) was my favorite. I did smell the banana strongest in this steeping and maybe some other kind of fruit smell, but I can’t say what.
In the second steeping (7 seconds), more roasted nutty aromas and flavors are came out, also caramel.
My third steeping was a 3 minute steep. It was pretty awful. The tannins became way too strong. All I could taste was strong caramel and the bitter tannins. This cup also made my throat very dry.
I need to use more patience and moderation in my brewing. If I’m going to brew western style, I need to learn to use less leaf, and when I brew gongfu style, I need to learn to have the patience to do 10 or more steepings. There are just too many teas to enjoy and not enough time!