I take back every mean thing I’ve said about linalool oxide. It’s delicious here, because it has fantastic supporting players. Notes coming out of the warmed pot were toasty with some lemon zest. Potatoes and umami in the first steep. The linalool/ecualyptus flavor is present but is not the star.
I didn’t take notes, so this feels like a paltry offering to these leaves. They are the fluffiest of fluffies, and only 5g filled my 5oz ceramic pot. That first steep was an unexpected delight; I got typing to Daylon and oversteeped the second, cursing myself as I poured… annnnd it was amazing. No bitterness, big flavors. Hay, mushroom, sweetness like a Maillard reaction… caramelized starch? It makes me want to brew this western and see what bouquet materializes, though these fat flavors may take a LOT of leaf to accomplish… and losing a gong fu session also seems a little sad.
It tasted cool, but I just had to lose my sweatshirt and feel a little shvitzy.
The first white (aside from a long-ago dither with a coconut-something from Art of Tea) that I will almost definitely repurchase. I really like this.
Flavors: Eucalyptus, Hay, Lemon Zest, Mushrooms, Potato, Umami