I decided to gongfu in the evening, so I picked this one. Quick (10s) rinse, not boiling water.
Took first smell and I feel completely confused. Cut grass — sure. But flower notes for sure, meadow, some fruits, probably figs!? Stonefruits a bit too.
First steep 12 seconds
The brew aroma isn’t that strong as wet leaves from gaiwan. It is stonefruits, bit grass seed in scent.
Taste is quite flat yet, again with grassy notes with little fruity aftertaste. Bit herbaceous as well.
Second steep 18 seconds
Aroma is stronger, I get more floral notes. Lilac a bit and orchids. Taste is again bit of grassy, with floral-fruity notes. Herbaceous notes gone.
Third steep 25 seconds
Hints of lilac, orchids, jasmine? It is going to different flower profiles? Taste is pretty much same as previous steep.
Fourth steep 30 seconds
Turned bitter a bit. Vegetal a lot. Not much of those wonderful floral notes that were there before.
Fifth steep 30 seconds
This time it is milder with bit more fruity notes. I feel somehow it is filling me, but I need to eat something as well. I feel quite boosted with positive energy, like this tea is something I needed after this long week.
Sixth steep 40 seconds
I think this tea is over. Yes, it could deliver more, but my thermos is empty, tea is somehow bit weak, but again lots of flower notes, with some stonefruits. Kinda astringent too. There were fruit notes again.
Overall, I bet it is not that high quality as it could be. But for evenings like this and for almost a novice (not anymore, I know), it’s nice. Would get more for the price, as 20 grams sample (I think it was more though) was for nice 3 USD. Ageing for year and half probably smoothed it a bit as well. Good for the price!
Togo, as it is gone from Farmerleaf and you would like to try it, we could agree on some swap, I would love what someone, who have so great tasting notes in detail, taste :) You could me write your contact on Steepster message, I can read them, but can’t reply :/
Flavors: Cut Grass, Fig, Flowers, Grass, Herbaceous, Orchids, Stonefruit