I have now tried the Autumn Supreme+ and thoroughly enjoyed it!
I was in "Inquisitive Explorer" mode rather than "Analytical Tea Student" mode - so did not take photos or detailed notes
It varies significantly from the Summer Supreme+, having read that Spring is best for green fresh flavours and autumn best (better still in some opinions) for texture and all round taste, I was surprised to find it a lot greener than the summer packet.
It did not have the same Sweet Gentle Roast Sugar Cane that I found in the summer one, nor the silky sweetness on the end of the tongue but it had a huge soft gentle texture in the mouth, quite a weight as the tongue moved through it.
What it did have for the first 3 infusions was an abundance of greenness but more like seaweed and lobster and for that I really like it. The 4th infusion was losing the sea and some of the viscosity, so my 5th infusion I ramped up the steeping time and they both came back. After that and bringing back to life a DanCong from Imen that I had only had 4 brews from last night I started to feel a little exhilarated so have taken a break from tea.
[Ginko] I noticed the dry leaf balls look dark green, which means young leaves
Yes there do seem to be some markedly dark green leaves in this, does anyone know the details of which leaves are plucked Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer and Autumn?
I would expect Spring to have the years newest, greenest leaf, but does the teabush throw out new baby leaf towards Autumn?
And as an aside - does anyone know when the 2009 is likely to be available - June perhaps or later?
[Ginko][+1 Salsero][+2 Me]Btw it's fun to have group tasting like this!
Maybe we can identify a few specialist vendors for 'the group' to home in on for the Spring Crop!