This is a tea sample that Gingko of Life In Teacup generously sent me, among others (reviews pending).
I will not go into detail about the history and intricacies of this tea (click here for more details), but I will say that this is the first wild grown tea I have tasted (besides a pu'erh).
In the dry leaf there are hints of cassia seed, shrub, and a light floral aspect akin to wildflowers sprouting in a field.
There is not much aroma in the dry leaf; I was hard pressed to find even the slightest hint of anything, but my olfactory sense completed the task quite well.
There is such a variety in the leaf shapes and forms. By this, I can definitely tell this was all hand processed. Usually a tea is made to look uniform, but there is something rustic about the lack of similarity.
This tea was made with love and care.
The aroma of the liquor is true to the dry leaf, but a freshness hints at a scent that I normally pick up from Baozhongs.
As the drink is slurped, a surprising array of flavors are exhibited.
On the entrance, the tea is a bit rough tasting; a bit biting, but not in astringency or bitterness. I am referring to the taste of the wild.
Honey and wildflower are found next.
A woodsy, evergreen rounds this tea off as the first few sips are finished.
The tea is very "clean" tasting. There is no hint at industrial processing besides the package that it came in.
This tea offers something special.
As the brew is reaching its final stages, a bit of spinach comes forth. I did not mind it. It was just another aspect to take note of.
The endurance is wonderful; I was able to make 6 solid infusions with the few after mostly resembling sweet water.
I thank Gingko for this opportunity.
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