|"All the bitterness, dryness, and flavour of grapefruit with an encompassing floral component."|
I put 10 grams of leaf in a 150 mL pre-heated yixing. The leaves are beautiful shades of green, brown, and bronze and are already piquing my nostrils. I rinse them quickly then steep for 15 seconds and get a clear, bright yellow liquor. It's a brilliantly aromatic tea, but even more impressive is the fact that the flavour lives up to the scent. It's a surprisingly spritely cup. It is creamy, floral, and a hint fruity. The floral and citrus combined definitely resemble grapefruit blossoms, especially coupled with the fact that the citrus borders on astringent. There is a hint of pleasant bitterness and a creamy aftertaste.
My second steep is 30 seconds. The liquor is bright yellow, thick, and somewhat cloudy. It is creamy, grassy, floral, citrus, and pleasantly bitter. Again, it is both strongly aromatic and flavourful. It's a brilliant cup.
Third steep: 30 seconds. This steep has all the bitterness, dryness, and flavour of grapefruit with an encompassing floral component. It even leaves a grapefruit-like dryness and acidity in a lingering finish. It's always amazes me how a good Dan Cong can taste like something entirely different than tea.
Steep 4: 50 seconds, 5: 60 seconds, 6: 75 seconds, 7: 90 seconds, 8: 2 minutes, 9: 3 minutes. Pulling the leaves out of the teapot is an interesting experience. They have expanded so much that they just keep coming and coming, like a clown car.
Around steep five, while the tea is still flavourful, it is less distinctly grapefruit. There was also little floral left, but it was still good. I prefer the earlier steeps of this tea, but the later ones are still pleasant. It comes with a pretty high-end price tag, but then again, it's a pretty high-end tea. It's a quality, interesting, unique tea that's great for special occasions or when you're losing your faith in humanity and want to be reminded that there's still beauty in the world.
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