Still some prominent floweriness despite the roast. Viscous and sweet, complex chestnut and toasted rice flavor soup with a brisk tannic quality. Extra-strong aftertaste lingers though sometimes it can lean a little too drying like a greenish banana. Returning sweetness develops from the throat, like the Maillard reaction and sugary toasted coconut chips. I feel my ears and sinuses open up with cooling sensation. Seamless.

I chuckled a little at Song Tea’s galangal descriptor. After sitting here a while with the aftertaste, I think it’s apt. Not the sharp heat and pungency of ginger, but something more mellow and earthy, piney. I will say I don’t enjoy the tea as much with their recommended parameters, so I’m glad there is versatility with this leaf.

Flavors: Banana, Brisk, Burlap, Caramelized Sugar, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Coconut, Drying, Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Gardenias, Ginger, Honeysuckle, Mango, Oily, Perfume, Pine, Plumeria, Rice, Sweet, Tannin, Toasted Rice, Viscous, Walnut

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
Leafhopper

I’ve been meaning to get to these Song teas. Would you suggest bowl steeping or gongfu? I feel bad putting all my leaves in one teapot, so to speak. :)

derk

Gongfu for sure.

Leafhopper

Good to know. I’ve been eyeing that Different Ruby 18 for a while.

derk

Incredible candied mango aftertaste when steeped short. Oily. This tea feels really good.

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Leafhopper

I’ve been meaning to get to these Song teas. Would you suggest bowl steeping or gongfu? I feel bad putting all my leaves in one teapot, so to speak. :)

derk

Gongfu for sure.

Leafhopper

Good to know. I’ve been eyeing that Different Ruby 18 for a while.

derk

Incredible candied mango aftertaste when steeped short. Oily. This tea feels really good.

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