Breaking this one out tonight. Seems to be a “Unique” type of tea when I opened the bay. Primarily 2 to 3 buds on each sprig and varying colors in depths of the purple shade.
Pulled out 8 grams and the Gaiwan for this one. Gave 5 second rinse and let the leaf sit for a couple of minutes.
Wet leaf has a vegetal aroma with just a little wisp of smoke in the nose. Did a brew with a 5 second steep to start things out. Color is almost a light honey color in the cup. The cup funnels the aroma to you as you sip. A touch of leather and a hint of bitter. Unlike some purple buds this has no where near the bitterness of most. It turns to a sweet flavor with a touch of greens on the end. it will give you a touch of the tongue buzz that good shengs will.
Second steeping using same parameters as first. Flavor opens up a little stronger with more of the green and less of the smoke. It still brings the nice tingle and sweetness as in the first, just a bit more pronounced.
I believe this will be one I can drink on for a couple of days as the first set of infusions haven’t opened the buds up all the way. That just means more goodness still inside.
This is on par with the better Purple Bud teas I have had and way better than any big factory one I have had.
Nice relaxing great tasting tea.
Flavors: Green Beans, Honey, Leather, Smoke