Last of my GTT to try, and it’s been fun!

The leaf of this is so tightly rolled, which I love. I almost wish I did this in my glass french press instead of my yixing tea pot so that I could watch how much these expand. The first steep of this was roasty, but pretty weak. I think this is one of those teas that needs a rinse to wake it up.

The second steep was stronger, roasty, nutty and slightly fruity. I want to say apricot maybe?

The third steep, I started to notice that there;s a slight dryness in the after taste. Sort of thrown off because the description specifically mentions no astringency, gut there’s definitely some here. Much like the last cup, plus some toasted rice notes

This steep and the fifth were both more astringent, and tasted a lot like genmai.

If it weren’t for the dryness, I’d be a huge fan of this. As it stands, its still pretty good. There’s a nice comforting roasted flavor, supported by the nutty, and accented by the fruity. Definitely a relaxing tea, just not a fan of the slight dryness.

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 207 ML

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