I had to phone in sick today at work as I have had virtually no sleep over the entire weekend and I feel like a zombie (not the fun BRAINS!!! type of zombie which would have been awesome). I wonder if I would still drink tea if I was an undead zombie? But anyway I digress, since I have had some time today now my schedule is wide open I decided to gaiwan my sample of this tea. Thank you to Pekko for including this as a gift with my order. :)
Gaiwan Instructions Tea:12g Water Temp: Boiling
9 steeps: rinse twice,20s,30s,40s,50s,1m10s,1m30s,2m,2m30s,3m30s
First Steep – 20 seconds – Strong and slightly astringent with robust earthiness.
Second Steep – 30 seconds – Smoothing slightly with strength and astringency. Also picking up a slight muskness yet sweetness.
Third Steep – 40 seconds – Slightly bitter but still musky. Very dark, very earthy.
Fourth Steep – 50 seconds – More mellow and musky but sweet, almost fruity or floral.
Fifth Steep – 1m10seconds – Much more palatable, not harsh or as strong and remains earthy and sweet with a hint of dryness.
Pictures and more details on my blog. http://kittylovestea.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/young-pu-erh-pekko-teas-gaiwan-style/