I just finished descaling my kettle and teaware, so it's time to try another tea. I think I might be able to try the last of the teas today, so I'm going to start with lighter with the purple oolong, and work up to the stronger dark roast tieguanyin. I was sure how to brew this one, so I used 9g, which is what I'm used to using. After a rinse, I brewed it for 1s, 5s, 10s, KO.
1: After rinsing, the leaves smelled kind of like yerba mate. Slightly grainy, with some smokiness. The taste is also similar to yerba mate. It has a grainy and smoky taste just like the aroma, but it also has a strong medicinal taste.
2: I removed a good amount of leaves from the gaiwan. The aroma is the same, and the medicinal taste lessened up. It's almost exactly like yerba mate. It has kind of a cooling effect on the tongue, and the medicinal taste is the one that sticks around.
3: It doesn't taste like yerba anymore. It's mostly just medicinal. That cooling effect with the last medicinal taste is just not pleasant at all, so I'm going to stop now. *gargles mouthwash*
I think this is more like Chinese medicine than tea. After drinking it, everytime I breath in, it's as if there is medicinal flavored dust in the air. It just won't go away.