Wow, no ratings and no tasting notes. I’m … the first to try this? I feel unworthy, being such a green tea newbie. With no other tasting notes to compare this one to (aside from Butiki’s description) I’ll try to describe it my very best, as uncultured as my tastebuds are.
The dry leaf was very interesting. It really was snail like, except they didn’t look disgusting like snails do. During the two minute steep — as directed on the sample baggy — they’ve fully uncurled themselves and are much longer than I initially expected, since the rolls were so tiny. They’re lovely to look at.
The smell of the steeped tea is very vegetal, more so than the Organic Huangshan Mao Feng.
The taste is surprisingly fruity and juicy considering! I was almost taken aback. After an almost overwhelming vegetal scent, I wasn’t figuring on the burst of fruit! :)
The taste starts off sort of roasty grassy, then BURST of fruit, followed by sweetness and gentle vegetal notes at the swallow. Each sip consistently goes that way. You don’t taste one thing on one sip, and another on a different sip. Each sip gradually flavors from one thing to the next until the swallow.
It isn’t bitter, nor is it astringent. Of the green teas I’ve tried — honestly it’s not very many — this has the thickest mouth feel to it which I’m enjoying. It feels creamy on the tongue, but not so much so that your mouth is being coated.
As the cup cools, the vegetal taste at the swallow is turning more into citrusy fruit. Very gently so mind you, it’s not at all tart.
All in all, I enjoyed the cup. :) It was a very soothing drink, I almost feel ready to go to bed even though it’s only 6PM, haha. And now, hooray! I’ve finished all of my samples :D