o Quantity: Half sample pack / 110 ml
o Water temperature: 100°C
o Several infusions, 60 seconds each.
Stream of consciousness notes (ie. don’t think too much, don’t care about grammar, just write what you are experiencing as you experience it)
o Dry leaf aroma: Sweet roasted nuts, dried fruits, huapia (Hawaiian coconut pudding), a bit of molasses, the freshly roasted tea note arrives at the forefront when the tea airs out a bit
o Dry leaf aroma in heated gaiwan: Roasted aroma intensifies and overshadows the other notes, sweetness is sharp
o Throat: roasted nuts, sharp sweetness, hint of stone fruits, some caramel
o Wet leaf aroma: cooked fruit, roasted leaves, dull sweetness reminiscent of a fruit liqueur
o Liquor aroma: Huapia is upfront, followed by cream, almond milk, and honey.
o Taste: light but complex and with deep notes of huapia and toast, fruit notes appear in the middle, huapia note lingers the longest. small amount of astringency at the end. medium body. medium length. mouthfeel is a bit dry. soft sweetness. honey notes appear towards the end.
Notes on the remaining infusions:
o Was able to do four infusions after the first. The fifth infusion was incredibly faint.
o Aroma changes: More roasted aroma than any other aroma
o Tastes changes: Mouthfeel is a bit more creamy. The notes of huapia and fruit vanish quickly, sweetness also vanishes quickly.
o Spent leaf aroma: figs and dates, wet leaves, small amount of minerals