drank 2016 Head by white2tea
358 tasting notes

Day full of homework, so decided to start off with some Head. 7g into the gaiwan, quick rinse, quick steep to start with.

The smell that came off these dry leaves wasn’t super strong, and I would say, when wet, oddly enough, the aroma is not unlike fresh, unsweetened sun tea. The liquor is a color similar to apple juice. Seems a bit cloudy. Texture is definitely thick, and the bitterness is there, but isn’t particularly strong in the beginning. I love the aroma that lingers in my nostrils after each sip.

Second steep is the same color and free of any cloudiness. The flavor remains consistent, and an appreciable huigan becomes apparent. Texture becomes even thicker and fluffier in steep three, the huigan strengthens, and there is even a bit of up front sweetness. Contrary to the description, I don’t find this particularly bitter or astringent. The flavor is opening up more, as well. Vegetal undertones, very light florals, some hay and a hint of a buttery aftertaste.

The texture thickens again around steep four, and I start to experience some qi. Body buzz carried me through hours of homework, even after the flavor and color lightened up.

Flavors: Butter, Hay, Sweet, Tea, Thick, Vegetal

Boiling 7 g

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