I got this lovely sheng from Verdant a week or two ago but am just getting around to trying it now.
I decided to steep this in the gaiwan, and did a quick rinse. Unfortunately I brushed my teeth right before I tried this which is definitely impacting the flavor, duh!
I liked the intensely aromatic, almost burnt woodsy smell which is happening here. My first steep was for around 30 seconds and is very robust. I’m wanting to say I taste eucalyptus, but perhaps that is just toothpaste. I felt like I was sensing the lychee and there was also a cinnamon sort of element present here.
I think I am too tired to rate this tonight and the toothpaste has totally thrown me off. stay tuned for more details.