The first notes of this tea are wet wood and spice, indicative of wet storage. These notes were prominent for the first four steeps. Later steeps developed into something sweet, but with a wet wood aftertaste. Overall this tea is good but I think it needs to air out for six months. This had slightly less wet storage taste than the 1998 White Tuo had. That one improved with six months of storage in a drier climate I think this one will too. I won’t go as far as to say that I found notes of chocolate or fruity notes but it did get sweeter in later steeps.
I steeped this ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 10.2g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. This would definitely go a few more steeps if I wanted to continue but I am at my caffeine limit for the day.
Flavors: Spicy, Sweet, Wet Wood