Updated this review ten months later, check past the dotted line below. TL;DR added on the end.
Typing this review while drinking the tea at the same time.
I started this tea off with a flash infusion / wash of 5s. The flavour from the tea scent smelled quite like mesquite wood, which was very pleasant.
I recommend brewing this tea slightly under boiling. This removes the bitter taste present at higher temperatures and makes the tea more mellow overall.
On the first cup, after letting the temperature cool down more, the flavour changes and actually gets stronger despite no changes being done to it. A strong ‘wet wood’ flavour comes out. It surprisingly adopts a slightly sweet taste, not unlike raw sugarcane.
Second steep initially tastes like wet wood, dry grass, and sugarcane mixed together. Not bitter and not overpowering, just mellow and soothing. So far, brewing this tea at a lower temperature really makes it taste much better (did some steeping at around boiling, was not sweet and generally bitter, not recommended). The after taste, tastes strongly like a ‘sweet mesquite’. Rather pleasant.
Letting the temperature drop, the flavour becomes less powerful, but sweeter instead. It’s almost like this tea can’t make up its mind.
Using around 140mL for the third steep, so letting it sit for about a minute. Tastes like the previous steep, just a bit stronger and a very very slight apricot hint in the back. Steep 3 is actually the ‘sweetest’ of them all; it is still a subtle sweetness but it still is there. A slight bitterness starts emerging as the tea cools, but that might be due to the 1 min steep time.
Overall not a bad young sheng. Not a huge fan for grass-like pu-erhs, but this one was quite relaxing with no real bitterness.
Ten months later. I’m now more experienced with teas so lets give this guy a go again!
5s wash at 205F. Using around 4g for about 120mL
Wet aroma is really neat, a bit smokey with wet grass, oak, wood, and just a bit of vibrancy as well.
So first steep flavour is mellow and not that sharp, but has a leafy taste to it (well it’s tea leaves I know but still), and it tastes a bit like autumn. very faint hints of sweetness, but mainly grassy. Not terribly exciting, but it has a significant relaxing effect on me, really enjoying that.
So second steep is neat, different from my previous note! It’s very light, despite having around a 20s steep. Very light consistency, but a little sharp as well. Not bitter or astringent at all. You can start testing the minerality from it. A bit leafy but no longer ‘overpowring’ as before. Smooth leaf, not too much sweetness again, but incredibly calming.
Third steep. again, light flavour despite longer steep, but now it’s sweet. Still has a bit of a woody leafy taste to it, and dryness is creeping in (that’s what I get for trying to brew it too long), but incredibly calming and relaxing.
fourth and fifth steeps maintains the same.
It’s so neat how the flavour profile changed so significantly from the previous. Sweetness is honestly not there, but instead it starts off a little sharp in taste and then mellows out. It then becomes rather soft, grassy, leafy, and woody, but it is incredibly relaxing and very very mellow. The astringency is on the middle of the tongue, which is rather unique for me. I have to readjust my rating and put it a tad higher: This tea is excellent for relaxing. Not terribly sweet but isn’t bitter at all. Nice.
Flavors: Camphor, Earth, Grass, Sugarcane, Sweet, Vegetal, Wet Wood