From the Here’s Hoping TTB, Round 5
I’m glad I got to try this. I’m really really glad, especially because I was really looking forward to the French Toast Dianhong and I can’t find it! LOL, oh well.
I’m convinced I would have hurt myself if I took a tea needle to this little cake, so I brewed it kinda gongfu style, but in my gravity steeper. Obviously this means aLOT more water to tea ratio, but looking at how this tea expanded over the course of the steeps (over three days), I think if I tried it just in my gaiwan I might have passed out in tea drunkeness. As it was even at 12 oz flash steeps, the fourth and fifth steeps especially made me super duper hyper/caffinated and tea drunk. The 2nd and 3rd steeps were kind of bitter and fermentedy tasting, but after that it was all sweet sailing.
Over the course of the tasting I’d say a few things that stood out to me was the smooth mouthfeel, yet it was heavy, like the feeling of honey water. There was no astringency, which I search for in a black tea, but rarely find. It was dark, yet mellow, and such an easy drinker. Even toward the end when I was starting towards the 3-4 min steeps it was behaving beautifully and I think it got to maybe seven to eight steeps before it really started to stop giving off flavor.
I imagine if you rinse it a few times, this would make a splendid grandpa brewing tea.