I had this once more with a friend this weekend. This time I was able to prepare it gong fu style and had a little more control over the water temperature. It was very nice!
The overpowering rose flavor from the first steep last time was much milder to begin with. It persisted further across multiple infusions, but was a background note instead. The smokiness and undertones that remind me always of a Yunnan red were still there and felt a little more prominent this time around.
Looking forward to enjoying this tea more in the future!