I passed another exam today. And I was not sure at all I can pass it!
5 grams; 85 ml (preheated) gaiwan, boiling water.
Dry leaf aroma is sweet dry hay, when adding it to preheated gaiwan bit of mineral comes up. Or vegetable.
Wet leaf aroma (after 10 seconds in water) is definitely fruity, probably oranges. As well aroma of first steep.
1st steep (rinse, whatever), 10 seconds.
Definetely it is sweet. But as well mineral somehow. The taste remains for long in mouth. It is bit metalic, but not in a bad way.
2nd steep, 15 seconds.
Fruitiness remains. It is also smooth. Not bitter in any way.
3rd steep, 30 seconds
Maybe a little bitterness comes up? Certainly! But still velvety smooth. Not so fruity, but still enjoyable mineral taste. Expected sweeter, but who cares? It is still tasty.
4th steep, 30 seconds
Now it cames fruity again. Still so smooth.
5th steep, 30 seconds.
The mineral taste is still quite apparent.
But chocolate smooths it down. And makes it fruity. 2nd best steep IMHO. 2nd was bit (inch only) better.
6th, 45 seconds
Is this even better than previous? Not a sugary sweet, but sweet is it. Fruity. Minerality almost gone.
7th, 1 minute.
Still mild. But already weak. I think that 8th is last and well, whole tea needs some aging. If first brews would be like last ones, I would enjoy it much more! Mild, fruity, cakey, whatever. Sweet too!
8th, dunno how long, minute at least.
What, meat, soap, spicy? None of those I have noticed. It is nice, mild, fruity tea. And smooth. I have enjoyed it. Although few steeps were really too mineral, metallic – but then it changed again. Not a best, but certainly not bad tea.
Chocolate pairing: Lindt Excelllence á la Pointe de Sel.
Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL7-CKirWZE
Thanks Donatzsky for sample.
Flavors: Fruity, Metallic, Mineral, Orange, Sweet