Yesterday, was the first day that broke 20 degrees Celsius. Today it is 33 degrees so to celebrate this bag of Ujeon is snipped open. As the kettle fills the room with more heat, one takes time to celebrate the dry leaf.
The small leaves are filled with salty, light, sweet, nutty, light pine. The leaves are a subtle pine menthol- the smell is very fresh.
These small leaves go through the rounds at first with barely warm water, then longer with much warmer water as the session proceeds.
The first infusion has pine notes that finish creamy and sweet with an aftertaste that is creamy and nutty, rich and smooth. The mouth feels slippery and smooth as the sipped tea glides over ones tongue quenching ones thirst. This is a very slick Ujeon.
The second infusion is the same slick creamy sweet pine but add in some very soft astringency for good measure. The saliva thickens and separates from the tongue which remains dry. This tea is very viscous in nature. The aftertaste is both creamy and salty- something interesting to linger about.
The third infusion is prepared. The sweet notes seem to mainly move into the aftertaste which develop with creamy pine notes. This infusion feels juicier than the previous. This thick tea evolves on the tongue and mouth long after it is swallowed.
With the affects of the chaqi taking hold one prepares the fourth pot. It is still creamy and full in the mouth but has a grainy grittiness that begins to evolve. The pure notes are starting to muddle slightly. The aftertaste is dry. Most of what happens in this cup happens after it is swallowed. The flavour has moved to its deep, rich aftertaste.
In the fifth infusion things begin to show signs of fading as much of the same is presented here. The graininess is more pronounced. Spicy aftertaste note pops up- something not seen in infusions before this. The aftertaste still has much to savour.
This tea is enjoyed up to nine infusions with even the ninth bringing out a fuzzy-creamy aftertaste but nothing much more. By then one feels refreshed on this abnormally hot day on the island.