For this Cha Xi, I put a ... lily flower, of course, in the middle of my setup. It is surrounded by other plants and flowers (like in a forest). The fabric is dark brown, earthlike, for a very natural feeling. The 2 levels add a mountainous atmosphere to this scenery.
Dry smell (compared vs each other and vs the smell from the original plastic bag):
- The porcelain jar has the most intense fragrance, but it seems also more oxidized.
- The zisha clay jar has a weakened smell. I also smell some faint roasting, probably a remain from a previous heavy roasted Baozhong I used to store in it.
- The pewter jar smells greener and a little asleep. Maybe also a little bit metallic and finer.
- The tea from the porcelain jar was more intense in fragrance.
- The tea from the zisha clay had some bitterness in the aftertaste.
- The tea from the pewter tasted a little lighter and fresher, more like green tea.
It's difficult to draw definitive conclusions at this early stage, except that the clay jar was not a good fit for this tea. The porcelain and the pewter jars had slight different impacts on this Baozhong. I will continue to monitor the changes over time.