5g in 100ml gaiwan

Wet leaf smells smoky and a subtle fruity sweetness like juicy pear.

1st infusion: (100˚C, 0:15)
Liquor tastes gently smoky, in a very pleasing way. Slight fruitiness beneath the tobacco – a bit of apricot-like tang, and a bit of juicy sweetness like fig.
Rating: 90

2nd infusion: (100˚C, 0:15)
Smokiness is even milder than before, even more pleasant when infused into the liquor. Slight astringency and bitterness mingled with floral sweetness and the smokiness is really quite lovely.
Rating: 88

3rd Infusion (100˚C, 0:15)
Despite the short brewing time, this infusion is pretty astringent. However, I’m still enjoying the tobacco note and noticing a nice umami flavour like mushrooms.
Rating: 78

Overall Rating: 86

Flavors: Apricot, Fig, Mushrooms, Pear, Smoke, Tobacco

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Amateur tea enthusiast here. I told myself I would start with studying Chinese teas when I first encountered good tea at Song Tea in San Francisco in 2016, and it’s now 2023 and I feel like I’m still just beginning to scratch the surface of Chinese teas.

Maybe someday I will move on to Indian, Japanese, Korean, etc. teas…

For my day job I work in tech as well as write some fiction on the side.

The next step in my tea journey is to start training my nose with an aroma kit to get a more precise handle on floral notes.

My Tea Rating Scale: (adapted from @benmw)
100 : Unforgettable, life-changing tea experience.
95–99: Extraordinary – Beyond impressive.
90–94: Impressive – Deep complexity, extreme clarity, or unexpected discovery of wonderful flavor. Made me reconsider the category. Would always want to drink this if I had the chance.
80–89: Delicious – Nuanced, balanced, clear, and complex layering of flavors. Would probably buy this tea again.
70–79: Very Good – Nuanced flavors, perhaps not as balanced or complex as the next step up, but clear and very enjoyable. Would consider buying again if the price was right.
60–69: Good – Clear flavors, representative of the category, but doesn’t set a standard. Good as an everyday tea. Would not buy unless desperate (e.g. when travelling without access to better tea).
50–59: Average. Would not pay money for this, but would drink if it was provided FOC.
30–49: Below Average. Would not drink this again even if it were free.
0–29: Undrinkable. Could not even finish the cup.



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