Herbal Tea, Today's Tea

Yě Shēng Qī Yè Jiǎo Gǔ Lán Chá, 野生七叶绞股蓝茶, Wild Seven Leaves Jiaogulan Tea

2018; var. Gynostemma pentaphyllum; Dayao Shan, Guangxi; leaves only, sundried; 800-1500m;

Infusion: 5g in 200ml for 10 sec.@85deg. C

Dry Leaf Aroma: herbal, raisins, prunes;
Wet Leaf Aroma: strong, sharp, spicy;
Liquor: golden yellow with a faint mineral aroma;
Mouthfeel: thick, viscous, sweet with a prominent bitter finish on the tip of the tongue;
Taste: sweet, oily, medicinal, vaguely fishy, with a sharp, mineral pungency, and lingering mouthwatering finish;

Opinion: Known as, “Southern Ginseng“ and the Tea of longevity, this tea does have a ginseng-like character to it. I have a kind of love-hate relationship with this tea, I know it’s good for me but it tastes like medicine. I guess this is one of those teas that, like a new pair of shoes, is uncomfortable at first, but grows on you with time.