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2.2 grams in small porcelain gaiwan. Flash rinse.

Infusions 205 degrees, about 50 mL apiece.

First flash infusion: very little flavor, need to be bolder.
20" 2nd infusion: more interesting, woodsy, still very mild
several minute 3rd infusion (meant to make it long, but lost track of time): stronger, woodsy, some bitter edge with herbaceous flavors, but really not much else—I know this is not really a proper test of the tea, but it’s not making me want to drink more.
10" 4th infusion (after long delay, suspected it might be stronger): mild, woodsy, hint of sweetness, starting to be more interesting now
20" 5th infusion: a bit bland again

About a dozen infusions in, and still hard to find a sweet spot. Have gone from 20" to 2-3 minutes. There in nothing that is unpleasant about this tea, but it’s just not showing anything extra-appealing like my favorite shus—no unusual sweetness, or plumminess, or warm caramel notes. The strength of the woody/herbaceous flavors does hint at more interesting flavor development with time, but it’s not inspiring me right now. I’m going to put it in the back of the cupboard and give it some months before I check it out again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
the_skua

Thanks for your note. I’ve been curious about this tea and wondered if it was a little fresh.

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