Decided to try my new gaiwan from Tangpin (thank you Mastress Alita). Based on tasting notes, I have tried this tea only once since I have received it from derk — thank you as well! And back then I tried it grandpa. Used 5 grams.
For photo of my new gaiwan (and my whole brewing set), see here: https://flic.kr/p/2k8TCH6 The tea towel beneath was a gift from them.
My new gaiwan should have 125 ml volume, which is higher than previous one. Morerover, it is bit better in design set to my tea cup, than brown one, don’t you think?
I made quick rinse, and wet leaves aroma was black currant (I am only one?), woody, bamboo, not much of nutty. Rinse is mellow and quite strong, but can’t pick up any notes now. Maybe hints of tobacco. A little sweetness.
It is quite strong brew, it kinda surprised me. Creamy though, I get the bay leaf, woody (but not strongly), thick. And enjoyable!
Another strong, thick, but creamy steep. More on woody note, bit tart, but honestly I don’t get any nutty flavours.
Gets bit on bitter side, but I don’t mind. Dry red wine note as well.
It is weak already, I think it doesn’t work well making many steeps. It’s not bad tea, but needs only few steeps. This steep tastes like a bit bland shu, woody, and that’s all.
I have to say, gaiwan came just in time, as I am almost without the empty tea bags which I have been using for loose leaf. And they aren’t available in a shop I was buying them for quite cheap :( I hope they will get restocked soon! I don’t want to place another order somewhere to have it delivered.
Raising a rate from 66 to 72
Flavors: Bamboo, Black Currant, Creamy, Red Wine, Thick, Tobacco, Wood