I bought three of these to see how the differed, and I never posted the review.
If ya care enough for a long read, go ahead!:
The balls are super tightly compressed, so I can’t get much aroma of this one. I think I smell dry wood or hay, with a dash of spice. I warmed up my gaiwan and plopped the pebble inside. The aroma opens up to vegetal, sage, and other herbaceous scents. I washed this twice and prepped for brewing. The taste is odd but sweet, heavy, and full. The aftertaste has a pepper kuwei bitterness. I described this one as “muted”, “overpowered”, or “blocked”. The taste was sweet with some tang, and it was very vegetal and peppery. However, the leaves give off an intense fruity scent. The taste was nothing to write home about. Honestly, I had trouble differentiating between the flavors. They didn’t meld well. On the other hand, the qi was incredibly heavy! It’s a definiete stoner tea; I actually almost passed out.
Same case as before, but I picked up some silky greens (?) from a sniff. I warmed the brewer up and popped this inside. The character was sweet with some smoke. The leaves are darker and have a mahogany aroma. I washed them twice and brewed away. The taste was bright and airy with bitter greens and a lot of sweet fruit. The astringency was present, but it wasn’t too overwhelming. A cooling sensation appeared and it was a nice feeling at the back of my throat, and it followed down to my chest. However, a direct lemon note appeared, and the brief citrus wiped clean all flavors. The brew went dull, and a overwhelming bad qi feeling took over. The feeling was crippling, and it hurt my stomach.
Same as Ball 1, except I got cooked greens as well. Again, warm pot place ball inside. The scent is sweet like an yiwu, but it also has a few flat tones. I swooshed the ball around and gave it another sniff, and I picked up an odd plain tone; it smelled off clean plastic. Another swoosh, and I picked up some dark honey, and bitter prune. Odd. I washed the ball twice and scorched away. The taste was bittersweet with a nice huigan. I could hint at some mouth dryning, but it was otherwise smooth. The taste reminded of lincang material. The brew becomes grassy and begetal bitter. The sweetness would be comparable to a green melon. The brew fades with an oak drying bitter. I didn’t hint at any qi with this one.
All and all, I didn’t care too much for these; however, they make good travel buddies.
Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Green Melons, Hay, Pepper, Stonefruits, Sweet