Oh my oh my this one should be interesting. It’s raw glutinous rice sample. First raw i’m trying out.
It’s close to my nose and this smell – honestly i so don’t know what to expect. It smelled kinda like dryish hay and something id rather not say out loud ;) No tea i’ve tried so far smelled even remotely similar to this one. I spread the little cake yesterday and kinda liked the smell. It was promising comparing to ripe pu ehr. But now that i’m smelling the wet leaves next to me really dont know. Shoulda have left it in another room. Tea itself doesnt smell so strong and could be a nice surprise. Color is not like ripe. Its way lighter. Like dark yellow to orangy.
Ohhh myyyy bitter. Hehe luckily i don’t intend to kiss anyone after drinking this.
While drinking the bitterness doesn’t make it very pleasant. But i’m trying to define the taste that sticks after. Do i like this or not. Think i actually kinda do. Its very ummm – spreads all over. Tastes like it smells – very very weird – quite strong herbal i guess. Or of that thing i don’t wanna name.
I’m quite confused. Don’t know what to think about it. It’s certainly memorable, it does have a nice color, it smells and tastes very particular and quite strong and it is quite bitter at first. I wont rate it. Can’t decide on this one… would be tho somewhere between 0 and 50. I should be sure for a higher rating ;)
Oh the weirdness…
2nd steep was instead of like 20-25 s more like 15seconds. That made it quite less bitter and better. The taste wont leave my mouth. Is that kind of a drink…
Haha had to try and find what other people thought of this tea: i liked this comment a lot and it did ring a bell to me about what the smell reminds me of – farm, animals, hay. You know typical farm stink.
c/p comment of the dude i found on a forum:
“Haichao teablocks are small slabs of tea just big enough for a single cup’s worth (about the size of a small postage stamp & thinner than a pencil).They’re individually wrapped like pieces of candy. Apparantly, someone in yunnan decided to apply the pressed tea concept to several varieties of tea—Puerh & Jasmine (ho hum) black & green, and one I hadn’t heard of called Mi Xiang, which the package has described as having a “unique taste.” Naturally, I had to try the one I hadn’t heard of before. Problem is, the unique taste seems to be horse sweat.
The company’s website (http://ynhccom.ec51.com/) indicates that this tea is
scented with “sticky rice leaves.”" (Jeff)