2.1g, 90 mL water, 180f

Meng Ding Gan Lu

leaves don’t have any strong smell to note, except maybe raisins or maybe that’s just the paper bag style that seems to give contents an odd smell. leaves in warmed gaiwan give off a slight warm, nutty smell.

1 min: weak

30s: strong beany taste w/ tannins, slight drying and astringency

1 min. 30s: more tannins

2 min: smoky note.

2 min. 30s: smoky

indefinite, cooled: tastes and feels a bit like a young sheng puer off the first steepings. Not sure what it was, but my stomach felt a bit funny afterwards and I connected the dots. Only really bitterness and sharp edged throughout though, and lacking in the complexity that a quality young sheng would have.

Maybe batch issues, or I got something different than the rest of the people reviewing on their site that seemed to have loved it. Plenty of great green teas out there; this is not one of them.

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