I’m not one for Autumn tea, but I found this sample and decided to give it a go. The leaf is dark green and loosely compressed with very sweet scents of winter honey, apricot, and candy with soft floral snap dragon quality. I warmed up my gaiwan and placed a bit inside. The scent opens into roasted marshmallow, caramel, crème, and cool whip. This was such a treat. I washed the little dessert leaves and prepared for brewing. The taste is sweet and with a creamy thickness. A warm vanilla pops up along with some vegetal tones. The huigan is thick and dripping. The aftertaste is like honey nut cheerios. The second steeping brought a cooling sensation that lingered in the back of the throat. On an exhale I’m greeted with stonefruit and peaches. However, the brew suddenly becomes extremely bitter and “rusted”. The astringency grew tremendously, and it dominated the sweet silky tones. The dessert tones and mild floral qualities vanished, and they did not appear again. The qi was moderate with a nice prickling of the neck. The session ended with a decent head buzz and a confusing search for the succulent sweetness.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Cream, Grass, Oats, Peach, Smooth, Sugar, Sweet, Vanilla, Winter Honey