More white tea. I’m using this as a medicinal brew today. It’s been an unfortunate few days. I’ve been battling some kind of infection, migraines, vertigo, seasonal allergies and asthma that caused me to miss my first few days with a new employer. Very embarrassing but they’re accommodating. Hopefully the doctor today can tell me what’s going on. I’m drinking this tea due to its pronounced menthol effect. Red Jade (or Ruby #18) teas usually ooze a cooling sensation from my ears and chest, offering some temporary relief of my ailments.
This tea is a little different every time I drink it, which would be exciting if I were in an excitable mood but I’m not, heh. Today it’s a smooth tonal brew. More tones than distinct aromas and flavors.
Teapot time: 5g, 100mL porcelain, rinse of 10s (drank) followed by short steeps starting at 10s. Steeps forever.
Dry leaf smells herbal-sweet and menthol. After the rinse, the leaf aroma has a dominant wintergreen note with a moderate savory undertone and some hay, autumn leaf and menthol. The liquor aroma starts lightly malty and opens into something more floral, ending the session with tones of florals, lemon, tart berries and sweet vanilla. Taste is nectar sweet, slightly tart, savory and herbal, hay and autumn leaf with a light but long and cooling mentholated finish in the mouth that moves its way through my body, down my throat and into my chest, out my ears. The menthol becomes stronger as the session progresses. Light apricot-melon aftertaste.
I normally get pretty blitzed from this tea (see ashmanra’s review) and other Red Jades but today I’m not feeling it. That’s good. Take it easy, derk.
Flavors: Apricot, Autumn Leaf Pile, Berry, Flowers, Hay, Herbs, Lemon, Malt, Melon, Menthol, Mineral, Nectar, Smooth, Sweet, Tart, Vanilla