Strong aroma difficult to pinpoint, definitely tropical fruits, wild forest, something creamy. Then toasted rice similar to Genmaicha.
The soup is bittersweet, thick and full in the mouth. Very satisfying and feels different from Chinese puerh. It’s definitely fruity, with some toasted nuts and a Stevia like sweetness/Hickory bitterness. Lingering aftertaste coats the whole mouth.
The second steep is more on the bitter side, and I enjoy this specific type of bitterness. The only problem is that it makes me hungry.
Aroma switches between toasted rice and tropical IPA, soup has a good level of acidity which makes me think the word “wild”.
4 – 5
Smelling the leaves I think of candied cherries, or gummy bears, or something like that.
The soup is quite like a thick Genmaicha.
The qi is light and a bit stimulating, comparing this tea with the Danzhu ’20, the latter is definitely more psychoactive and relaxing. The Danzhu ’20 can feel humble and less showy, but there’s something about it that makes it more interesting and mysterious, not sure if I can find the words. Anyway this is also quite enjoyable.
More of cherry acidity and wild herbs.
More of forest floor. Soup is acidic/bitter, thinner and with low astringency.