This is another cake I bought from boychik. At first impression (after first few infusions), it appeared to me to be quite muted in its complexity. I thought I will probably not be drinking too much of it in the near future. However, the leaves went steeping on and on for a long time and by the end of the session, the tea presented its multi-faceted nature that wasn’t obvious at first. I ended up really enjoying especially the aftertaste and the qi.
I totally agree with Scott’s description of the tea having layered bitterness and sweetness. There are several different kinds of bitterness cropping up at various stages of the session, none of which is overpowering. Early on, the bitterness is short while later it takes over the finish and at the very last steeps I can detect some further bitter notes in the aftertaste as well. The sweetness is very strong, especially in the aftertaste, which lasts for a long time. I also agree that the tea has a sort of pure/clean character. Astringency is present throughout, but never gets too strong. The body is full and the mouthfeel very thick and smooth. In the middle of the session it gets somewhat numbing too. Interestingly, the mouthfeel stays nice until the end of what ended up being a long session, which is definitely not the standard.
At this stage of the development of this tea, the aroma seems light and ill defined with fleeting notes of marsh and decaying grass. Taste of the tea starts off mineral, spicy and nutty, fairly muted overall as I mentioned already. It is fairly sweet, one flavour that particularly stood out to me as interesting was that of rice paper. Aftertaste is floral and very sweet, late in the session gets spicy and buttery as well.
After the end of the session, I was left with an enormous evolving aftertaste with a very unusual character especially with its returning mineral and sour notes in the mouth. There is much more to it though, and rather than trying to discern all its nuances, I let myself be absorbed by it. To say that the tea ends on a high note would be an understatement, especially when paired with the strong and relaxing cha qi. I am glad I have a cake of this intriguing tea, as it’s quite different from my other teas and I look forward to getting to know it better in the future.
Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8b4-6E8zjA
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Butter, Cut Grass, Floral, Green Bell Peppers, Mineral, Mud, Nutty, Pleasantly Sour, Rice, Spicy, Sweet, Thick