A couple of days ago I opened some Tie Luo han from Jing (UK Jing), this was only the 2nd TLH I have had and the first about 2 years ago seemed like a fairly slight variation on the DHP theme, this Jing offering however did not.
The first evening as I recall, with 10gm in a 170 ml pot (very short rinse)and 22, 30, 45, 1:20, 3:00 and 6:00 infusions which were all drunk pretty quickly, and all fairly consistent with the mildest of roastiness and the mildest of charcoal and an underlying pleasant sweet mineral flavour with only the later infusions showing any great layering of other woodsy, vegetal flavours.
Today however to try and bump up the impact (despite enjoying the first session I wanted to see if I could get more out of it) I tried 12 gm in a similar 170ml yixing.
After a longer rinse and noticing how much less water fits in a pot with just 2 grams extra leaf instead of the strainer in the faircup being half filled - the pot was drained without any liquid reaching up into the strainer.
First infusion 20 seconds
The similar experience to my first session but more pronounced more obvious mineral flavours and sweet water but even less noticeable charcoal and roast.
Then I thought "hang on does not the Jing site give all sorts of fancy descriptive terms let me see what I may supposedly be missing"
Thick, glycerous, tongue-coating flavours of understated richness. The flavour repertoire includes burnt almond, minerals, apricot leaf and sandalwood.
A deliciously richly flavoured oolong with a long, lingering and richly textured aftertaste.
Finishing perfumes hint at the tea’s fresh, sappy, tea-garden origins.
Aroma: Earthy blend of ground metal and cinder overlaid with meadow sweetness
Taste: Thick, glycerous flavours of burnt almond, apricot leaf and sandalwood
Wow, am I missing all that
The aroma perhaps, minerals and meadow sweetness yes, possibly a little earth - but none of the taste
Whilst pondering all this and leaving the fair cup alone for a good 4 or 5 minutes the brew had cooled considerably and the temperature was scarcely above room temperature -
double wow! The liquor was now incredibly obviously thick and glycerous with some bitterness edging it's way in!
2nd Infusion of 30 seconds and the same disparity between quite hot and medium cold shone through!
Now I am signing off to attend to the later infusions.
Maybe I will find some apricot leaf from a sappy-tea garden though I am not sure what they will taste like.