Drax wrote:Did you have anything to eat beforehand? The problem may have been your taste buds.
Your office water may also have different mineral content that can also affect how you taste the tea (although I would suspect you'd have that problem with many teas at work, then).
Teaism wrote:This might be a "simulation" of Menghai Wild Arbor Bing inspired by the 1999 piece with quite a lot of difference in the wrapping paper and the tea quality/color. From the tea color, if there is no photographic misrepresentation,it looks too dark to be the age of sheng Pu that it intend to be. Can't really tell unless can see and taste it.
If you ask around, many tea wise men/ladies here would probably ask you to explore it carefully if you intend to keep this tea. It is interesting tea to come across for the experience of it.
Have a good day! Cheers!
Thank you Drax and Teaism.
Hi Drax, there are 2 possibilities - the water was not boiling hot when I rinsed it at home for drinking at the office after lunch; and I had garlicky chillies as condiments in my lunch. The water in the office is filtered.
Hi Teaism, the tea is a gift purchased from a reputable supplier, it is a 90's ripe (not a sheng) tea and fairly inexpensive. In fact there is not much in the taste department but the huigan was overpowering. The throat was coated with layers of something resembling liquorice and stayed in there for hours.