I enjoyed this tea. I think it deserves a higher rating than it gets. I noticed some smoke flavor in the early infusions and some sweet flavor later, even the sheng apricot notes. I drank some of the infusions straight and put sweetener in others. Even in the infusions I drank straight I noticed the pronounced natural sweetness, or apricots notes. I used sugar in some of the ones I sweetened and even tried maple flavored agave nectar in another. It was a little too sweet this way. Even in the early infusions this was not bitter. This was s smooth tea throughout the session.This was a tea with a noticeable effect on me. I didn’t get tea drunk but was quite relaxed. I took this one out of the pumidor and I think my cakes are beginning to age. I hadn’t drank this one before so I really can’t make a comparison but that is my feeling. It was quite good in the end.
I steeped the hell out of this tea. I brewed it ten times in a 140ml Yixing teapot with 5g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 5 min, 10 min and 20 min. There was more to the leaf when I was done but I will want to move on top something else tomorrow so I didn’t save the leaves. There was a noticeable fall off in strength and flavor by the 10th steep but I think the tea had at least two more steeps to it.
Flavors: Apricot, Smoke