3 grams of the Yiwu in the 60mL gaiwans, water between 205 and 212, as hot as my teapot can keep it….
Flash rinse: Pour the heated water over the tea leaves until covered. Quickly pour out the water and allow the now rinsed leaves to sit for 60 sec.
1st steep- 1s
Smoky start, a little sweet, happiness already, touch of earthy, but mostly that smoky-sweet with the long sweet finish that I just love
2nd steep- 5s
Very similar, so nice; this one unfortunately got interrupted and the last part of it was drunk cold, but even cool, it was nice, just a little more like bacon than I really prefer.
3rd steep- should have been 20s, was actually more like 30s)
(long rest before this steep) warm, sweet, finding an edge of bitterness now in the first sweet, but will dilute it a bit….ahh! perfect. Sweet, smoky, earthy, that hint of herbaceous astringency, so nice. Taste buds doing a happy dance.
Rest 10 mins
4th steep- 20s
Sweeter, less of the astringency I had to dilute from the last overdone infusion, so nice, the smoky is fading, so now just touch of smoky/earthy and more vegetal/sweet.
5th steep- 60s
Didn't take notes, just enjoyed it.
Now on something like the 9th or 10th, still about a minute or two, getting lazy about the timing, but can be lazy about it because the long sweet finish is there and the bitter/astringency is not coming to the fore despite the rather random brewing. Infusions are happening between chores--so not a single concentrated session--but are fitting neatly into my day. Enjoying especially the wonderful match between the small cup from the TC TA SO #2 by ShyRabbit and my little Koi gaiwan. So nice. Again, I'm going to keep this one going a while longer, to enjoy that long finish.
This vs the previous Nannuo? Tossup. This one has a touch more bitterness in those middle infusions, but also more of the delightful smoky start, which for me is bonus rather than defect.
Edit to add a last note: someplace around the 12th infusion or so it hit the wall. Done now. Delightful stuff.