Oh dear. I decided to try this in my gaiwan and I was a little (okay, a lot) too enthusiastic with the leaf. It’s a bit like eating a flower bush – hugely floral and a little bitter-green.
I transferred the leaves to a (much larger) pot and continued to brew gaiwan-style. I no longer feel like I’m being attacked by plant life so that’s a step in the right direction. It’s still pretty floral, though – like a dark, heavy jasmine. Still getting a hint of bitter but I think that taste is just stuck in my mouth from my first much-too-strong cup. Yeah, don’t think intense flavor is a good match for this tea.