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Flavors: Chicken Soup, Herbs, Spicy
So I threw one of these into my last YS order as I’ve heard people talk about them fondly as a daily drinker. Tried it today and I’m a little confused as to whether I liked it. Mind you, given the price I wasn’t expecting a lot either.
Used 8g in a 130ml gaiwan, and washed it for about 20 seconds. Then started steeping at 10 seconds. Slightly bitter, with some cocoa notes. Gets sweeter on subsequent infusions but the slight bitterness never entirely goes away. Overall it just felt a bit.. flat, light and mono-dimensional. I wouldn’t say its a bad tea, its decent, but I can’t see myself ever craving it.
Later in the day I brewed this once more, this time western style. 3g in 300ml of water just off boiling for 5 minutes. Finally a bit thicker and definitely better, but still not remarkable. I could drink this at my desk while working etc, when I can’t pay full attention to my tea.
I wonder if an older v93 would be significantly different?
I would be interested to know if anyone has tried this because I found it to be a wonderful surprise! It’s not showing much age (except in later steeps where a bit of smokiness and camphor sneaks in) but it has a sparkling flavor which features a ginger and honey fizzle that morphs into mango and tangerine in later steeps.
Mouth feel is moderately thick and makes my teeth buzz; the soup is sweet and goes down smoothly with very little bitterness. I guess this tea would be considered a teenager, but there’s none of the awkwardness or immaturity associated with that stage of life.