I was a little at loss as for which of the three pages for this tea to use, but in the end I chose this one.
Upon opening the pouch I recieved from derk, I get a fairly standard yancha aroma with a little bit of cocoa beans on top. The wet leaf smell is mostly floral, it evokes dark chocolate, paratha, cannabis and osthmanthus. This tea gives off a really strong aroma in the empty cup, mostly reminiscent of some fruit tree flowers.
The liquor is light in colour – somewhere between yellow and orange. It is smooth, and very mouth-watering with medium body. The taste is somewhat mellow and balanced – mostly mineral, sweet and tart with light bitterness and no astringency. There are flavours of berries, vanilla, cannabis and sage. In late steeps, I found it a bit too sour, which made me lower the rating a bit.
The long aftertaste is floral and expansive. It can get a little biting and bitter at times. I get some curry leaf and menthol on top of the notes mentioned before. The cha qi is fairly quick to arrive. It is warming, heady and leaves me considerably elevated.
I liked this tea a lot. The roast has faded and left it in a very nice spot that’s more balanced than some other yanchas I have tried to date.
Flavors: Berries, Biting, Bitter, Cannabis, Dark Chocolate, Floral, Fruit Tree Flowers, Menthol, Mineral, Potato, Sage, Smooth, Sour, Sweet, Tart