3 grams, 125 ml vessel (gaiwan), and here we go.
Derk doesn’t like it, and I feel I am completely opposite. We agreed many times on teas, but when it comes to more complex tea, we disagree. That’s completely normal and it’s good.
No rinse, first steep 10 seconds long. Wet leaf aroma is very heavy, quite herbal, meadow flowers, but as well mineral and stonefruits are there.
The taste is thick, a bit cooling, smooth, mostly again meadow and a bit vegetal. Not much of fruitiness in tate but I am sure it will come in later steeps.
The second steep was 5 seconds longer; thus 15 seconds long. The meadow flowers, some say the clover (it’s meadow for me though), is there. Another thick session. Very fragrant and I think I start to understand derk why it’s not her jam. Yep, it’s quite strong in not common oolong notes. But I liked it. It was as well bit honey-ish, combined with herbals, which is quite a weird combo indeed.
3rd is again 5 seconds longer, it loses a bit of qualites, honestly faster than I thought! It’s still very aromatic, but the flavour lacks something a bit. I also got a something new, bit like a chesnut taste? Another reviewers were saying it’s very sweet, but I actually don’t think so.
4th, I let it steep for longer than usual, it could be around 40-50 seconds. Partially on purpose, partially accidentaly. There is still the clover present, but as Leafhopper notices, it becomes similar to green/grassy notes and I must say, I am sad about this. I liked the previous steeps being that unique and now it’s quite common. And those grassy notes are quite drying too.
5th, completely lost track. Somewhere between 30 seconds and 2 minutes.
Okay-ish steep. The clover is still there. But now it is as well quite simply grassy.
6th was the longest. I added the water just after I strained the fifth session and it took me maybe 3-4 minutes to drink it down. I have heard those longest steeps bring up some different notes and/or it could be the best/worst. Let’s see.
Oh my, it’s very drying actually. Maybe a bit soapy as Leafhopper wrote. Nope, it isn’t best. It’s somewhere as the average, maybe a bit worse steep.
But overall, I have liked it. I have 6 grams left, so I could do similar two sessions. We will see how I will spend it. Thank you White Antlers :) (92 is overrated; I think around 88 would be better)
Flavors: Chestnut, Drying, Flowers, Grass, Green, Heavy, Herbaceous, Mineral, Soap, Stonefruit, Thick, Vegetal