I love the smell of this stuff dry. It smells (to me anyway) like fresh, green hay. Takes me back to happy memories on the farm. I could detect something else, but couldn’t put my finger on it. Either way, I’m happy to sniff and let myself be taken back to the days of fresh hay, sunny days and blue skies.
I went with a 3 minute brew for this one and it no longer smells like fresh, green hay, but it still feels green, and has a soft hint of wildflowers or something, with a faint sweetness. I feel like I’ve smelled a particular flower that has that smell – I just can’t put my finger on it. Either way, it really brings me outside, and is evoking a lot of memories that I had forgotten about. It’s quite a pleasant experience, and I haven’t even taken a sip yet. ;)
The colour of this could best be described as a pale, yellow diamond colour. It is beautiful.
Oddly enough, upon drinking it, I’m tasting the hay again (yes, I have chewed on hay before) and it has a sweet note to it. I’m having difficulty describing the finish of it – it’s still sweet, but something else is going on too lol. I’m really enjoying it!
Brewed for 3min 30 secs just under 90°C
Very similar to first brew, a touch stronger tasting perhaps. Colour is still lovely diamond yellow, with a hint of green to it. I’m impressed with how good this 2nd infusion is. Smells greener, more floral. Tastes a bit greener too, with semi-sweet finish. Excellent brew!
3mins 45 sec, just under 90°C
Only slightly milder smelling/tasting, very similar to #2. Enjoying carrying this around with me while I’m outside, planning my garden.
4mins, just under 90°C
Probably should have infused this a tad longer, because it was on the weaker side, but still really lovely. I ended up leaving this one to get cold, and quite enjoyed drinking it even after it had cooled. I could note the sweetness especially when it was room temperature.
8mins, just under 90°C
I actually only meant to brew this for 5-6 mins but got distracted and forgot about it. Probably just as well, as it is getting weak now, although the colour is still quite a lovely yellow colour. Mellow smelling, yet still some flavour. I could try for another infusion, but it`s getting late and I need some sleep.
All in all, I enjoyed this tea all day long and look forward to having more of it! Cooled, I thought it was rather refreshing, softly sweet and smooth.