This is from the April box that I shared with Dexter.
I have enough for 2 tastes, which is super nice. The leaves look pretty. They’re pretty small, with golden and dark brown parts, and I think it’s pretty tightly compressed.
I’ll do my usual, which is a 30 second rinse (ish), letting it rest for a bit, and then steeping until I like the colour for a few rounds.
Wet, it smells like shou. IDK, tea people. It’s weird and composty and “why do I want to drink this?” which is basically my reaction to shou every single time I brew it. And then it usually ends up being super tasty.
Ok, I rinsed this one again.
It’s quite woody. Like wet forest. And really really really dark.
I’m missing the sweet notes that I got from the puerh I had yesterday, tbh. IDK that this is bad, but it’s not really what I’m interested in drinking right now. I’m going to put the other serving in my storage (uhh.. the bag with all my shou), and leave it open, to see if it’ll be tastier next time.
I’m just steeping and dumping this, but it looks like after about 6 infusions, it starts losing the strong flavours, and starts getting a little sweeter.