Not in a very energetic mood for long and detailed review, so here we go.

1st infusion (80˚C, 0:30)
Aroma of wet leaves is very fragrant, but entirely on the savoury and vegetal side, maybe slightly nutty… not sweet or fruity or buttery at all like the #43 or the 2nd Picking which I’ve already tried. There might even be a more mineral, bittersweet quality to it.
Liquor itself is surprisingly bitter and astringent. I didn’t time how long I steeped for, but don’t think it exceeded 20-30 sec.
Rating: 78

2nd infusion (80˚C, 0:30)
Wet leaves and liquor have gorgeous “fresh spring meadow” scent. Still has this astringency/herbal bitterness (like guilinggao!) in the aftertaste – perhaps that is the wildness and uncultivatedness of this tea. I slightly prefer this infusion to the previous one.
Rating: 80

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Herbal, Mineral, Savory, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 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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