Haven’t tried the other basics teas in a while, so I can’t make that good of a comparison right now, but this one was pretty good – I noticed it to be shorter-lived than most other W2T productions I’ve tried. Got some good floral and mineral notes throughout. Early steeps had a sort of bitter vegetal flavor to the which, when combined with the thick texture that seems to be the hallmark of W2T teas, reminded me of olive oil. As the session went on, the floral notes, which were never of the particularly sweet variety, faded and I was left with just olive oil and a mineral flavor. This session went maybe 10 steeps, with the last few becoming increasingly drying in their bitter character. A good tea, but not a great tea by any means. Good for a simple, no nonsense sheng session. I didn’t get fruitiness in the flavor anywhere, but I can kind of pick up an apricot note from the aroma on the gaiwan lid.
Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Mineral, Olive Oil