These leaves are pretty sad. A bit broken up, lots of long twigs, a bit older looking than what I expected even for something that is admittedly a bit old. But as I poured the tea into cups, I got a nice whiff of fresh, buttery greenness. So fingers crossed.
The taste is pretty nice actually, much better than I was expecting/fearing. One of the best baozhong/pouchongs I’ve had was thick and rich, almost chewy and definitely buttery. This one isn’t that intense. But it’s floral, green, soft, tropical, fresh and very sweet.
Aside from the depressing little leaves, there’s nothing wrong with this tea. Sure, it doesn’t hit my baozhong perfection of thick, rich, make-your-mouth-water-buttery. But this is still a really good daily tea. I’m pleasantly surprised, especially based on the sad leaf. When I opened the package, I was afraid I’d have to force myself to drink through the 75g I got but now I don’t think I’ll have any trouble finding the bottom of the tin this tea is now in.
ETA: Oops, forgot to rate it. And…
2nd steep @ 2:30 – the floral has transitioned a little from light floral to a faintly spicy floral.