I appreciate the sharing of info from the more experienced here! I had not thought that the first several steeps you are tasting the "storage." Interesting indeed.
Had the Bulang from Nada a few days ago with the Mrs. Although I found the Bulang to offer some bitter notes which I would expect, I found it to be very easily tamed, but still had to focus on the brewing, no lapses in concentration permitted.
I will retaste this and offer more notes.
The aromas were very enjoyable to me, a feature of most teas that is most appealing.
Today, broke out the Malaysian stored brick from Brandon. TBH, this one troubled me the most as I was breaking it apart for participants, and the results were smaller and more broken leaf fragments. This sucker was realllly compressed. I was concerned how would this translate to the cup???
Well, it did not in a negative way that I could tell, brewed very easily and is offering early aromas of sassafras and birch root and woodsie, earthy. I am finding this enjoyable so far, and even a momentary meandering of my mind as I was sipping the 2nd steep while brewing the third left no ill effects ... seems easy to brew.
After 3 steeps and allowing it to rest, still feeling and tasting this one on my tongue.