Beautiful dark green, small leaves. First steep 1 minute. Soup is light greenish yellow. At first I found it rather savory, like vegetables coated in sesame seed oil; brothy and nutty. Interesting.
The aftertaste kind of crept up on me; a delicate sweetness! What a nice surprise!
2nd steep 1 min 20 sec. A bit uninteresting, at least at first. More nutty than the previous brew. The sweetness isn’t as present. I probably just needed to steep it longer.
3rd steep 2 min. It’s ok.
Overall, I like it for general drinking.
Three Cups Fragrance (San Bei Xiang)
Named for the fact this tea will yield 3 fragrant cups from its sweet leaves. An elegantly shaped leaf offering a soft vegetal taste that gives way to a sweetness that will linger. Its leaves are slender, uniform in size and curved in shape. Pan-fired using the “san bei xiang” process that results in leaves in shades of dark green to a silver-gray sheen. A traditional Fujianese green tea, this is a very well-made, full-bodied green tea. Lot # 5