From White Antlers, thank you :)
Simple tea with aged, wet storage taste. There are no rough edges here nor is there any soil murkiness, however, one probably needs to appreciate damp notes to enjoy this tea. Most notable is its silky, almost oily, texture; also its comfortable, expansive mouthfeel. It’s not often I experience a mouth-filling tea.
The profile is somewhat alkaline and very rounded with mostly a basement-cavern-petrichor note followed by dry root cellar, once-wet wood, very mellow TCM, some fleeting fruitiness and a clean, mineral finish with non-existent aftertaste. Of the four steeps, the last two revealed the leaf’s hidden smokiness and pine wood.
I added a few tea seed shells from Liquid Proust to the pot without having tried the tea on its own first, so I do wonder how they contributed to last night’s perceptions.
Going to the SF Tea Fest for the first time in 4 years next weekend. Most excited to chat with UC Davis Global Tea Initiative, which 4 years ago I had hoped to join should I have attended UC Davis for a grad program but life swiftly led me in another direction. No regrets. Old Ways Tea will be there, too, and I wonder if Tillerman Tea will make an appearance.
Flavors: Alkaline, Earth, Mineral, Petrichor, Pine, Roots, Round, Silky, Smoke, Tannin, Tree Fruit, Wet Rocks, Wet wood, Woody