Here it is important to note that each grade isn't necessarily 'better' than the other. Each grade is a reflection of the energies of season and of the seasonal changes within the tea plant. As a result each grade carries its own uniqueness and characteristic flavours, energy, and feeling.
Let's snip open the bag, warm the pot, boil the water and see what this one offers...
Certainly it offers mouth-watering dry leaves? These leaves are delicious. Strong, deep forest odours fill in the base of very roasted, thick creamy cereal layers with distinct almost chocolaty nuances.
The first pot delivers more of these elements in the mouth. In the cup the liquid shines an almost florescent green tinged yellow. It tastes very smooth and creamy with heavy cereal and nutty tones. It is not sweet at all but quite flavourful. It feels slippery and smooth and evolves to thin and dry. The lingering aftertaste is of roasted nuts and grains.
The second infusion brings a deeper cereal flavour with noticeable chocolate underpinnings in a brisk soup. Some astringency is thrown in for good measure and its result is a nice coating of the sides, roof, and edges of the tongue. The aftertaste is dry and lingering- simple cereal notes stay in the back of the throat.
In the third pot the roasted nutty and chocolate notes seem to overthrow the cereal notes. The chocolate-nut flavour becomes more creamy and less sharp. The distinct roastiness is really felt throughout this tea. The cereal and grainy feel are pushed more to the aftertaste. Even the mouthfeel is grainy in nature.
The first pots were were dark nutty chocolate, this fourth pot is creamy milk chocolate... mmmmm... It seems like the hardier elements have dropped off a bit as even the slight bitterness has faded. One finds amusement from the squirrels pulling walnut fruit from the old tree outside, inside one pulls out nutty chocolate notes from these leaves.
The fifth infusion is more soft, milky chocolate that is shedding some of its depth and complexity to reveal a nice subtle flavour that is full, delicious, and very satisfying. The mouthfeel is fading but enough holds on. This tea is really not so sweet but its deep flavour makes up for it by offering plenty for the tastebuds.
The sixth infusion is now simple grain notes with little deep chocolate nutty flavours left. This graininess is also left on the tongue. The aftertaste is roasted, if there is any sweetness to the tea it is to be found here.
In the seventh and eight infusion things become dry, thin, and bitter. The mouthfeel is harsh. The session is over.