Haven’t really had time to write an update yesterday — I was on a plane for 10 hours, basically, for what should’ve taken 3 hours less. Oh well, I’m here now, in Portland Oregon.
I am staying with my cousin who so nicely let me live in one of their rooms. I was wiped when I got here, and of course, I haven’t had tea all day, so it was getting a little tough going. I brought my traveling tea set, and some of my own tea, but my cousin also got a new package of stuff from her in-laws, and so we opened that up instaed.
Turns out it’s a bag of longjing. It’s packed in one of those brown paper bags, with paper wrapped around the whole thing. It looks rather fresh, and is probably a good grade. I ended up brewing some (sorry, no pics) and it does turn out pretty well. Tastes like one of a later harvest, not totally top grade kind of longjing, but as Toki pointed out, sometimes these are actually better than the super top grade which can taste kind of weak. The leaves, when brewed, is a beautiful green. The taste is mellow, and sweet. There’s a good amount of cha qi. It might have been too strong a tea for me after the long trip, but it was pretty good.