I believe this tea is pretty much my introduction to Jingmai sheng. I tried it both in my gaiwan and Jianshui teapot – I think it was better in the gaiwan. In this instance, the slower pour from the teapot didn’t do the tea any favors and it got some bitterness to it. So this note is really just going to be for the gaiwan session.
The first two steeps surprised me with their strong fruity notes, followed by a bit of a grassy finish. I couldn’t really place the fruit, though it was slightly reminiscent of apricots.
After those first two steeps, the fruitiness faded to a degree, with a grassy/hay flavor taking the fore. These next three or four steeps had a light and crisp flavor, with an only slightly thick texture. They were very refreshing.
The tea got a little bit lighter in flavor for the remaining steeps, though still nicely drinkable. The flavor became more grass/hay with fruity and floral echoes in the aftertaste – not the kind of aftertaste that completely fills the mouth really.
This is a pretty good tea – I think it would be especially awesome during the summer. Pretty simple – not a whole ton of change throughout the session (this is not a bad thing really), with a lighter texture – seems more about the high notes to me for sure. I didn’t notice a great amount of energy from this tea personally.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Grass, Hay, Sweet