These are my wishlist notes: An oolong I need to try. Toasty? Sample received 2/08/16.Brewed 2/12/16 with high expectations. Aroma lovely, toasty as described and slightly caramel. First taste, oh yeah! Smoke, toast, butter. No initial astringency but developed some as it cooled. Second steep, 4 min @ 190+. Aroma still appealing. Flavor sweeter. Third steep, about 190 and 4 minutes. No aroma, plenty of color. Added a smidge of honey.
Lovely, complex flavors and aromas. This is what I've been looking for. Sweet, but not very much. Smoky, but just the slightest hint. Smooth mouth feel with some substance, but still refreshing. This is a tea that persuades me to let go and just relax.
Yes, it easily takes to more than one steeping.
The smell of this tea in the tin is delightful! The first few sips seem unimpressive, but by the end of the first cup, the majesty of this tea becomes quite apparent. I now know what they mean when they say "apricot/peach" flavors or essences. This tea leaves a pleasant aftertaste in your mouth that is reminiscent of those fruits. Like umami, it's hard to describe in words. It needs to be experienced. This tea can be steeped several times. The second steep has less of the fruity essences, and takes on more of a sweetness that is unlike sugar, but sweet nonetheless. There isn't any astringent factor to this tea. It is extremely mellow and agreeable. The more steeps that I subjected the leaves to, the longer I steeped each time to get to my desired strength. I was able to get 4 steeps out of my leaves and could have gotten more if I had the time. This tea will be regularly stocked and served at my home.
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