This the the second tea of the three shuixians. I reviewed the '04 one before I got sick. Now it's time to see what it's like 7 years later.
I tried this tea in a gaiwan yesterday, but it came out kinda weak and boring. I didn't want to post those notes, so I'm trying it again, this time with yixing.
I used 12g of leaf in a 150ml pot. After a quick rinse, I brewed it for 30s, 30s, 60s.
The dry leaves are fairly broken, which is probably from being roasted so many times.
1: Fairly strong coffee taste with some dark chocolate, and slightly woody. It slowly changes into a strong, lingering dark chocolate flavor.
2: Lightened up quite a bit. This one has more chocolate than coffee.
3: Lighter version of the last.
This kind of brewing made it more interesting than when it was brewed in a gaiwan, but 30 seconds did not work for this tea. Since most of the leaves are broken up, it probably needs shorter brewing times.
As for the tea, I did notice a change. This one is a bit more complex than the '04 one. It also didn't seem like it had any charcoal flavor left.