Prep: 60cc gaiwan, 3-6g, boiling water, flash steep x2, 10s, 10s, 20s, 20s, etc..
Sessions with this tea: 10+
Taste: This is a beautiful, clean, dew-sweet grassy flavor. Not grassy like some green teas are like freshly mowed thick summer grass, this is like early spring just turned green, first thing in the morning dew-drop covered. The bitterness is mild and understated. Little warm sweaty energy with the first few steeps, but the back half doesn’t present much energy.
Body: moderately thick in the mouth, bitterness-returning-sweet with good salivation, some strength in the jaw. The sensations of this tea feel “separated” somehow, or maybe “layered,” and are more individually distinct than blending together.
Fragrance: I make this a separate category because of how strongly present the aroma is with this tea, which I didn’t expect from an 8 year aged tea. It isn’t a special aroma, very similar to the flavor, but is still quite pleasant.
This is a lovely tea, very clean and very enjoyable, at a good price point. I may seek out more of this in the future.