412 Tasting Notes
It smells a bit like sharp cheddar cheese, which I find… Unencouraging.
It’s got the taste of a typical greener rolled oolong (or the taste of the ones I’ve tried), with a light hint of cream. Not thick cream, just the stuff you buy for your coffee. Not getting too much sweetness. It’s interesting.
It settles into a thicker mouthfeel as you sip, and a bit of sweetness develops.
First steep: Two minutes.
Second Steep: Two and a half minutes. It’s sweeter, but less creamy. The steep instructions Davids provided read 4-7 minutes. That seemed a bit crazy, but I may have to consider it.
I layered the bottom of my handled gaiwan with leaves instead of using just a teaspoon’s worth for the cup, and then steeped for half the recommended time. More tea leaf, less time.
The taste is less sharp, but I still get none of the fruity sweetness that I love about dan congs. It’s got more of a raw cocoa taste, and gritty mouth-feel. Ahwell, it’s still an interesting cup, and I’ll get a few more steeps out of this cup one yet, I think.
Edit: It’s becoming a little astringent and bitting again as it cools, but not outright bitter. Lends more to the cocoa feel.
Hot damn! I thought I was out of this tea, but it turns out I’m not. I was sorting through my tins.
I think I can taste the Age creeping up on this one, but it’s still bold and tasty. Apparently the Tea Desire that’s in my local mall is shutting down/has already shut down. This’ the only tea I’ll miss from there.