I’m drinking the Fujain Wuyi Shan Tie Luo Han. It’s a bit of a gamble at 930PM, as I don’t know how the caffeine will hit me, but I am absolutely floored by the dry, unbrewed smell of this tea. I followed the brewing instructions, using double walled glass and one heaping teaspoon to about 8oz of water. I allowed the water to settle from boiling and then poured a few ozs for a quick wash and then did a 4 min steep. The nose remained just as tantalizing after steeping; somewhere between buttery popped corn, with hints of fruit, like dried pineapple. The color is exquisite, a luminous melted butter, lemon gold. The taste is lightly thick and coats the tongue, with floral notes that are hinted at in its bouquet, but more pronounced in tasting, with a mild astringent finish. I got no grassiness, or hay type qualities.
In writing this I feel an alertness coming on that I may regret… We’ll see how long it lasts, but it does appear not to have the caffeine “up” that are often balanced out so well in greens. I’d probably be well served to save this tea for afternoons after a meal. I’m enjoying this so much tonight though, I have to see what subsequent steepings yield.
The aftertaste and lingering flavors leave a memory on the palate that is long lasting. There’s a brightness to the edges of my tongue, not quite tingly, but alive. The second infusion yielded a slightly lighter color, leaning more toward lemon than gold and lays off the buttery nose a hair. The mouth feel thinned, but the complexity remained, if not more even in its tones. Where the first steeping just knocked me out and left me reeling, this second infusion was much more civilized and the flavors extended themselves more as the tea cooled. It truly creates an elixer and one I hope to share with other tea drinkers.
The third infusion continues to be enjoyable, transforming in a subtle and most enjoyable way. I imagine if prepared in a Gaiwan, it would be spectacular and yield many small cups, but I neither own nor really know how to use one. This tea just gets more and more interesting and subtle with each steeping. 4 steepings and it is still quite drinkable. I am going back for a 5th!