Sampled 2019 boutique rougui 3rd roast from wuyi origins at ~$1.28/g kindly gifted from @Victoria
. This tea is supposed to be Zheng yan material (possibly Wuyuan jian) and fully hand made.
The dry leaf has a nice restrained fragrance
Flashrinse (which I drank at the end) /6s/15s/20s/35s/45s/1min/1min30/2min/3min30/5min
Early infusions are dominated by the roast flavor: creamy milk chocolate and mild 13 spice mix. Overall the roast is restrained and calming and quite delicious - a bit better than the baseline lazycat rougui. There is also a brightness that falls off as steeps progress.
After the 3rd infusion, the base leaf flavor emerges: a bit like a peachy dancong. The flavors of the leaf and the roast are clearly distinguishable. However, with the leaf flavor, an astringency arrives that at first pokes the back of my mouth..but as steeps progress, becomes a bit painful.
In later infusions, the leaf flavor falls away and there is a calm dark chocolate profile.
: the roast is tasty, and superior to many sub 1$ yancha. The clarity is also very educational in that the roast and the leaf are clearly distinguishable. However, the astringency is quite unpleasant. Also for a tea that is supposedly from a Zheng yan area, I get almost no minerality except for some chalky mouthfeel. I would say this is not worth the price (for me) and the overall experience may be worse (due to painful astringency) but more interesting than the baseline lazy cat rougui which is nearly 4x cheaper. Ultimately it is an interesting tea and I am very grateful for the tasting.