A sample via Dex from the April tea box!
My piece was like a rock. A rectangular rock. So I rinsed it long, twice. And let it sit a while between the rinses. Then I tried a 15 second steep. WOWSERS. That was strong!
It smells like sweet, bitter, flowers, and smoke. Interesting combination. Smoke being that tobacco scent that I find some puerh has.
Whoa. I’ve just dumped 18oz of this as not drinkable. :/
I am seriously flash steeping this. Water goes in, water comes out. It’s very bitter still, but starting to be drinkable. I think a few more steeps and it will mellow out into something my taste buds understand a bit more.
Hahaha. Ok. Over 1 litre later, I’ve removed some leaf.
It’s still way too much for me. It keeps promising sweetness in the smell, but then it’s just sharp, bitey sheng. Bleh.
Edit. Ok, ok. I removed over half the leaf. And now I’m flash steeping. 1.5 litres in. FINALLY the sweetness it was promising is starting to come through.
Tea should not be this hard.