The dry leaves are dark and have a nice, deep, mineral-y aroma that gets even nicer once the leaves are wet.
Medium liquor that is just a bit on the lighter side.
First steep is quite mineral-y and has some bitterness. The SO describes it as being like drinking perfume, but I don’t get that sense from it. Not particularly flavorful for me, and not too much of an aftertaste, just a hint of mineral and that sensation of having consumed something salty. I would say the bitterness wanes off a bit in the second and third steeps, but the flavor is more or less the same.
It’s a busy day, so the leaves end up sitting for probably more than an hour after this before I come back to them. They don’t really seem to be evolving into anything else for me, so I’m going to call this session done and I’ll have to try brewing this tea another way next time so I can get a better feel for it!
Flavors: Bitter, Mineral