Sampled #3 first.
Used 1/2 the sample in a 3oz gaiwan.
Boiling water for 1min. (after warming gaiwan and cup, and rinsing leaves).
Lots of very forward harsh campfire aromas and flavors, no sweetness stood out, definite bitterness - not pleasant for me. Nothing at all smooth about this one for me. Indicates a need for considerable aging for my tastes - I'd take a guess at 10 more years for that intensity to settle into smooth and rich.
Also, the color of the infusion was nowhere near as dark as a photo I've seen - I'd have to surmise that much more leaf was used per oz or a much longer steep time or both.
Didn't care for this one.
But fun and experiential to taste.
Made me break out my good stuff for a smoooooth, rich, earthy, loamy experience and to get all that campfire out of my mouth.