Received as a sample.

Washed leaves have a pickled or brined vegetal note, not quite vinegar but close.
Single wash on these.

Infusion 1 – 205F at 15 Sec
Mellow and mild, a bit of shengy tang, we will see if it opens up. Pretty good mouth feel or at least it is not abrasive. Super mild astringency and drying effect.

Infusion 2 – 212F at 20 Sec
Staying mild, a little bit of tang that lingers on the tongue. It’s an easy an approachable tea just one-dimensional. I actually dig that approachability.

Infusion 3 – 210F at 35 Sec
Pulling a bit more flavor out of this with heat and time, it’s tangy without being overpowering. Just pretty plain or straightforward, nothing new developing.

Infusions 4-6
Getting more bitter, not in a bad way, with maybe a smokiness? Kind of a mao cha feeling, I can dig it. There’s a subtle sweetness on the finish too. I would call that a sense of complexity. Just not depth.

Infusions 7+
The same pleasant bitterness persists, the leaves have legs too if you’re into continuing the steeping.

Overall, not great, not terrible. It’s good.

Flavors: Astringent, Bittersweet, Drying, Tangy

10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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My rating system is in honor of K.S.

90-100 Stellar, to be displayed proudly if shared with guests. Or just a tea that hits its mark well.
80-90 I enjoy this tea a lot, would purchase and drink it. Fine if it lives in the pantry
70-80 Above Average, would drink it and probably still buy if the mood struck me.
50-70 Average, I would still drink it when available.
0-50 I don’t care for this tea, and have no desire to care for it.



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