Chip wrote:Today, this blossomed for me, wow. I accidently brewed it for too long, a timer issue. So, I accidently vastly improved the brew.
Isn't that funny, I've recently rediscovered the idea of finding the max brew time before astringency for every new tea via experimentation and it turns out a lot of teas I had been 'overleafing' to get the flavor I like just needed brewing longer. I keep making the resolution to rediscover every new shipment of tea by experimenting, then promptly forget it.
Second pot today is a Tea Spring Dong Ding, yes, brewed 2:30 in a gaiwan instead of my usual :50 in a YiXing, and yes, much better thank you very much. The smokey flavor is now strong enough to not be mistaken for bitterness.