This small 50g cake was last months offering from the White2Tea club. While it is a nice tea I don’t think it by itself was worth the $29.99 for the club. The tea started out with just a little bitterness and developed an astringency to it. It developed into something of a bittersweet sheng with the bitterness almost but not quite disappearing. Overall it was a very nice tea. By the twelfth steep all the bitterness was gone and a sweet note remained. I am not sure if I would describe this note as the traditional apricots of young sheng however. Overall I liked this tea. It is not available on the website. Which is ok by me. I wouldn’t buy more unless the price was significantly less than what I paid for this.
I steeped this tea twelve times in a 150ml Shiboridashi with 10.3g leaf and 190 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min. I could have gotten a few more steeps out of the leaves, they were not done, however I had had enough tea at something like 1.5 liters.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Sweet