So I threw one of these into my last YS order as I’ve heard people talk about them fondly as a daily drinker. Tried it today and I’m a little confused as to whether I liked it. Mind you, given the price I wasn’t expecting a lot either.

Used 8g in a 130ml gaiwan, and washed it for about 20 seconds. Then started steeping at 10 seconds. Slightly bitter, with some cocoa notes. Gets sweeter on subsequent infusions but the slight bitterness never entirely goes away. Overall it just felt a bit.. flat, light and mono-dimensional. I wouldn’t say its a bad tea, its decent, but I can’t see myself ever craving it.

Later in the day I brewed this once more, this time western style. 3g in 300ml of water just off boiling for 5 minutes. Finally a bit thicker and definitely better, but still not remarkable. I could drink this at my desk while working etc, when I can’t pay full attention to my tea.

I wonder if an older v93 would be significantly different?

mrmopar

Use a couple of grams more. It seems to work better with heavier leaf.

Sqt

@mrmopar: will do, thanks.

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mrmopar

Use a couple of grams more. It seems to work better with heavier leaf.

Sqt

@mrmopar: will do, thanks.

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8 years since I started the journey down this rabbit hole. My everyday drinker currently is a Dian Hong and overall I do enjoy hongcha a lot. Have developed a taste for aged sheng that isn’t healthy for my wallet. Enjoy the occasional shou puerh but I have to admit that most of the decent ones taste the same to me.

Also love a good darjeeling or lungjing once in a while. While my journey into teas started with blends via Mariage Freres, I mostly drink pure teas now.

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