Bought a bag of May 2019 harvest because I enjoyed the previous year’s.
Malty, leathery, oat-creamy, nut/wood-tannic yet smooth and full-bodied with a substantial orange midtone — not sour, not sweet, just orange. Understated honey and toffee. Sometimes a tiny pop of pickle but not out of place by any means, like “Hey, was that?? Yes, it was. Huh”
Not nearly as tannic or astringent as 2018 and it takes boiling water really well, however, I can get only 2 good steeps as opposed to 3. Definitely still gives me a hot summer day in the Central Valley vibe. I am impressed by this harvest but after finishing a 50g bag, I’m feeling this tea isn’t quite for me anymore.
Flavors: Almond, Creamy, Honey, Leather, Malt, Oak wood, Oats, Orange, Smooth, Tannin, Toffee, Vinegar, Walnut