My first jinjunmei! Thank you, Dexter! :D
I’ve had three steeps so far, and I think I’m going to have to stop because my tummy is super upset with me. I may have had mac and cheese at lunch, and I maybe shouldn’t be eating dairy…
Dry leaf smells delicious and malty and grainy, almost like toasted grains.
Steeped, it smells almost fruity with the toasted grains. Maybe a little sour? Not sure, something might be off with me today because the other tea struck me as sour as well.
30s: Very strong, malty, grainy, a bit toasted. Fruits in the background. I’m not sure if I like this, it’s so in-your-face, and not in a delightful wake-me-up way, either.
1min: Still quite strong, malty, grainy. This is better for sure, as it’s mellowed out. Still not my favourite.
1min 30s: Ahh, this is more like it. Grainy toasty tea with some stone fruits peeking through. Still not my favourite, but totally drinkable. It feels almost creamy as well, but that doesn’t bring the other flavours together – the creaminess is distinct from the grains and fruits. It’s not what I was expecting.
Thanks for sharing, Dex, but I don’t think this particular one is for me! (At least it’s not dirt tea… :D )