A very smoky tea for it’s age (I thought). Quite enjoyable, although I tried it in the early spring and I think it would be more suitable for fall weather drinking.
Here are my notes from my first steeping. I did the session over two days at my desk and got 17 good steeps in:
Brewing Vessel: 90ml Gaiwan
Rinse – 3s
Very smoky! Slightly astringent. Dry leaf has a ripe fruity smell. Something between apricot and pear.
Even more smoky… very interesting. I was not expecting this from a 5yr raw.
Less smoky, but still a big smoky aftertaste. A warm, vegetal mouth-feel. Still not fruity.
Much lighter now. Quite good, although not much sweetness. Has a very dry finish.
The smokiness is definitely in the background now. A warm flavor. This would be an excellent fall tea.
Very light flavor. Should have added more time. The vegetal flavors are really coming through more and there’s not much smokiness.
Very bitter. Not bad, though.
Much more of the sweetness. Tasting more like the raws I’m used to
(note from next day)Don’t remember, but it was probably good and I probably chugged it…
Warm with sweet vegetal hints. Much lighter. Perhaps it will “wake up” after this and come back in strength for the next steeping.
Floral hints coming through. Vegetal taste and mouth feel. Wet leaf smell moving much towards apricot.
Very smooth. Still a light body. Not quite sweet yet, but there is definitely an idea or a hint of floral sweetness. Good viscosity. Dry finish. Overall, pretty flat steep.
Getting a very apricot / fruity sweetness now. Very good.
Wet leaf smelling a little flat now. Not nearly as much flavor remaining. Less viscous, but still decent body. A slight dustiness. A bit of dried fruit aftertaste.
Very smooth and sweet.
Delicious. Much sweeter and smooth.
Quite good still. Much more dry, but smooth and sweet. Hardly a hint (if any) of the smokiness remains, although there is somewhat of a pleasing earthiness hinted in the finish. I think I’ll call this the last steeping. I have to head out early today.