Purple leaf tea is a weird one for me. This one has a similar thing going like the other purples I am sampling from YS, almost a sheng-type freshness. It has only just been harvested two months ago, and doesnt have any roasty, what you get is sweet & almost sour citrus notes going on. Grapefruit is a good description, as YS have on the website.
The steeped leaves have a OB-like spice smell, and also something else that I really dont like. I dont know what it is, but its there.
later brews reveal a slight astringency, with more of this sour plant/citrus taste appearing. This isnt a very complex tea, and later steeps the taste seemed to fall apart a bit, with the sour taste lingering in a not-so-nice manner. This is probably down to my inexperience with steeping young leaf such as this. I am doing it gongfu, maybe it is better a different way.
Really on the fence with this one! I will continue to try different methods and maybe a re-review soon.
Flavors: Citrus, Citrus Zest, Grapefruit, Plants, Sour