[from an email to corax. posted by permission.]
+/- 165 degrees, 5 grams of dry tea, 10 ounces of water. Steep around a minute, second steep less. (Brewed in a gaiwan.)
A refreshing tea with just a touch of Gyokuro butter, astringency and sweetness, and a hint of bitterness behind it; aroma, a wee vegetal and meadowy. It’s clean and fresh and consistent throughout, but admits of two steeps maximum, the first the better. Astringency comes up as the cup cools. I like astringent, you might not. In any event, it’s gentle.
Minor Issues, and Recommendations:
Leaves are variable in size and form, and small throughout. Liquor color is yellow-green, with emphasis on the yellow. Try a third steep if generic green is OK with you, as it usually is with me. This tea is inexpensive, and gives more than its money’s worth.
I’m on board with Tongyu Mountain Green. It’s my everyday green of choice. It reveals a sophistication beyond its price.