Please excuse the length. I just didn't know how to summarize. This is a 2012 Yiwu, 80-year-old bushes I was told. I'm still a sheng newbie but I think I've found a good one. I bought it in Penang. I've done five grams and found it lacking. I've done ten and had epic sessions but a bit of a tea hangover the next day. Today I tried 7 1/2grams and it's just right for one person for an all day session.
1) Drank the rinse. Just couldn’t pour it out. Weak. Wet leaf aroma is a delicious smokiness. 2) My palette is pleasantly throbbing. Minutes later it’s still slightly buzzing. Tongue is a bit dried. Having visions of a jungle with very strong wild veggies, an acquired taste but good. 3) 25s Lots of smoke in the aroma but not in the taste at all. Bitter, better back off, but there is almost a sweetness but not quite. Very pronounced dry coating of tongue and a drink of water dramatically brings out the not unpleasant coarseness of the tongue. 4) Bitter, but good head feel now. Second cup – now I’m getting the pin point sensations on the tongue. 3rd cup – a different, stronger bitterness, hint of ash. 20 minutes later I really need water and it seldom tastes so good, activating or washing back a flavor from the tongue to the throat. 5,6) a little harsher, but give me more, please. 7) 20 s OK, weaker but still the spicy pricks on the tongue, the bitterness is way more manageable now. I think I’ve been oversteeping it. Yes. Now I can hold it in the mouth and enjoy a creaminess and a gentle, friendly bitterness. Yum. And at the very bottom of the cha hai, just the right amount of smoke. I’m not a big fan of smoke but this is very nice. Minutes later I notice the tongue coating again. 8 ) 20s No taste, but still some aftertaste. 9) 40s weak 10) 80s Now the taste of earlier infusions is back, but so is a less pleasant bitterness than before. It’s been fun. Wait. The 2nd cup is better. Getting the tongue coating now. 10) 90s Taste isn’t what it was but is still worth drinking. The qi is still strong with this one. 11) 120s Weak but I don’t want to stop. This taste is addictive. First cup a momentary creaminess and even sweetness, the second slightly metallic but oddly, not in a bad way. My tongue is buzzing. Now a bad aftertaste comes and I need a drink but that’s natural because it’s very hot today. 12) 130s 13) 160s Still giving something. 14) 180s Still tolerable, but not good, to drink, but it’s still stimulating me mentally and physically. Think I’ll stop. I'm glad I bought a tong.