Sadly, I was only able to afford the sample of this tea, which is enough for me to make two pots. The smell of the dried leaves hint of fruit, mainly berries. The dried leaves are small and black, much like the Hao Ya teas. I brewed mine for 5 minutes with boiling water like a traditional black. The liquor is a very dark, almost a dark plum color. The aroma hinted at a dark berry, maybe a deep red raspberry or possibly a blackberry. The flavor is has this berry essence to it as well. There is absolutely no bitterness or astringency to this tea.
This is not a cheap tea, but you definitely get what you pay for here. I’d be interested in purchasing a two ounce tin like the expensive oolongs so that I can afford to purchase this. I would gladly drink this tea every day, but that would be like eating lobster every day. This is a fine tea worthy of treating yourself to on special occasions, or sharing with those important people in your life!
I am a lover of black teas, naturally, no sugar. This tea is now in my top 2 of favorite teas. It is so smooth to drink, and you can't steep it too long. I know if you steep a lot of black teas to long they get bitter, but not this one. It is pure bliss!
To my admittedly unsophisticated palate, the taste of this tea is sublime -- unctuous and butter just as described.
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