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2nd infusion. I expected the liquor to be darker than the 1st infusion (which it definitely is), but WOW… as soon as I opened the top of my ingenuiTEA (which you should ALWAYS do so your leaves don’t mold) I was smacked in the face w/ the aroma which I don’t remember ever happening, especially when flash steeping. It definitely smelled grassy. It tasted almost exactly like it smelled except there was a sweetness that my tongue detected that my nose didn’t.
Infusion 8, 12 min. WHOA! What the heck? The liquor (and the flavor, but especially the liquor) are a LOT darker than infusion 7 was. Now it’s a medium tarnished yellow… kinda like brown mustard. I didn’t even flash steep this one, does this usually happen this late in the game?
I’m eventually gonna flash steep this to see if I can get 16 infusions out of this like my last Dragonwell, but since this is my 1st time trying Adagio’s (THANKS LENA!) I thought I’d steep it as directed. 2.25g/6oz purified water.
Ok, I’m really starting to discover why dragonwell is so highly thought of. This is AMAZING! After flash steeping, I really thought the liquor would be stronger lol. It has a light vegetal yet sweet aroma. And the taste… light, sweet, yet bitter… It’s funny, the bitterness makes me make a weird face, but I love it!
Grrrrr. I’m pretty mad right now, because when I opened my tin of this, even though I was fairly careful, I dropped about a teaspoon of the stuff all over my kitchen floor. So I just inadvertently lost a whole cup of tea. :( And this makes me sad! Although in the upcoming months I’m probably going to have so much tea that I won’t know what to do with it…
Anyway, it’s absolutely disgusting out, and a lot of the roads are closed, and I just wanted something nice and smokey. This hit the spot. I actually detected a lot more of the sweetness this time around – I think it’s because I was expecting it, and I have a little bit more experience with greens and whites now than I did when I first drank this. The interplay between the sweet and the smokey was simply amazing. And I still believe this one tastes just like Rome burning.
Steep three of this baby and I’m done! So, this time the leaves just sort of looked like… leaves. Yeah, because that’s what they are.
Well, that was intelligent.
Anyway, the cup that brewed up was still around the same color as the others, but this one had a bit more sediment in it. Which I found pretty odd, considering that this was the third steep and all. The leaves still smelled a bit spinach-like. The taste of this cup was closer to the second than the first by a long shot, but the spinach taste had mellowed out. When Gunpowder #3 was hot, it was actually bitter, which took me by surprise. As the tea cooled though, the bitterness disappeared. This one is still definitely veggie-like, but the sweetness is the main flavor component. It’s very, very sugary. I was really surprised by this.
But I was pretty much done with this by the bottom of the cup. I think I might have been able to get another steep out of this one, but I really don’t feel like it. While it was interesting to see the tea evolve over several steeps, the first steep was by far the best, and the reason why I rate this one so highly. I don’t know if I’ll be resteeping this one again, simply because spinach is not one of my favorite flavors, and I really enjoyed the smokiness that was so great the first time around.
My mom thought the entire resteeping thing was pretty odd. “So, you’re just going to leave those leaves there? In the pot? Can you do that? Why would you want to do that? That first cup tasted awful.” It was pretty amusing overall.
Yay! My first second steeping of a tea! If I decide to resteep other teas, I’ll probably tack the findings on to the end of the first steep results. But since my last review of Gunpowder was so massive, I think that’d be a bit unwieldy. Unless I decide to split it up all the time. We’ll see.
So, no crazy leaf explosions this time. The leaves did seem to get a bit bigger, though, and look more… leaf-like. Like plants. Which is what they are. I’m still amazed at how much leaf came out of the little rolled pellets. The leaves smelled like spinach this time.
Anyway, the liquid (I know I’m supposed to use “liquor” but that sounds pompous) was around the same color as before, but the taste was completely different. Ridiculously different. It wasn’t like I was drinking the same tea. This steep tasted strongly of Essence of Spinach. If that was even a flavor. It’s like spinach and water infused as one and became a beverage. I don’t really know what to say about that, since spinach is definitely not one of my favorite vegetables. It was interesting, and definitely sippable, but not as enjoyable and complex as the first steep.
I couldn’t detect any of the smoky flavor anymore at all. If anything, it was a faint wisp in the back of my throat. There was a little bit more bittnerness, but nothing out of the ordinary. But what was pretty amazing was the delicious sweetness that became a prominent note and aftertaste. I can still actually taste it now. It tastes like what I always want sugar in my tea to taste like, but it never does. It’s natural and delicious and wonderful. If anything, I kept drinking this second steep for that juicy sugary goodness.
I’m going to try a third steep of this stuff a bit later on. Now it’s more curiosity than wanting to drink it, just because the second steep was radically different than the first.