Having a go at this one after a BIG Thanksgiving meal. I broke off about 12 grams of this to brew in the gaiwan. This cake is very dry probably due to the fact that it just came in from China last week and hasn’t had the opportunity to re-hydrate properly in the “pumidor”. The leaves in this cake are fairly large and from the aroma of the dry leaves it was deeply fermented. I gave a 10 second wash to rinse out the smaller pieces and leaf dust. First, second and third brews each five seconds apart starting with a 5 second steep. It brews very dark not as dark as some others. It almost has an “oily” sheen on the top layer. It has a woody vanilla plummy taste to it. It does leave the mouth a little dry. It has a slight honey finish to it. A good tea to settle back with after a wonderful feast with family.
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