Leaves are opening slowly in front of my eyes. I try not to burn them. I use four grams of the little bells in my 100ml gaiwan. The kettle says the water is 195f, I pour very high from the goose-neck Bonavita and try not to hit the leaves directly but pour around them in a clockwise motion. The smell is delicious and makes me think of fresh steamed veggies. (No carrots. I loathe the smell of steamed carrots.)
This is odd! My experience is not in alignment with the description from the website at all! This is a disparity that has me wondering what the cause is. That being said, I am enjoying this Dong Ding, although twenty minutes after finishing the last sip the after-taste in the back of my throat is slightly bitter, not sweet at all. The website says it is lightly floral, with hint of fruitiness and a sweet long finish! I wonder why that is. I will get on my Facebook Tea page and ask my resident tea-gods their thoughts. If you would like to join us, please do! The name is "Beginner's Mind"Gongfu Tea.
The mystery continues, and another tasting session is in preparation! A discussion amongst my Dear Readers has blossomed regarding food pairing and what I ate prior to tasting this tea. Fascinating. A more formal experiment will begin soon and happily it co-stars chocolate!
From the FLT website we read: