|"If you're looking for a complex flavor, this is the one to try; each cup reveals a bit more to the drinker, so things never get old while drinking."|
The visual aspect of oolong teas could possibly be my favorite part of them. This particular tea's leaves were little rolled balls, which, when steeped, unrolled to reveal huge full leaves, and many stems with leaves and buds still attached. I'm always amazed at how such a small amount of little dried tea leaves expands to fill half the tea pot given just a bit of hot water.
The smell intrigues me, too, with all of its complexities. It's vegetal, first and foremost, but not grassy. It's sweet, but not in a sugary way. Once brewed, the sweetness is still there, but it's not as strong and it's even more 'natural' smelling. The brewed tea tastes mostly vegetal still, but a touch of the sweetness in the smell can be detected, along with a touch of astringency. Normally I hate astringency, but it's not a bad thing here. There's also a hint of a smokey undertone, which goes well with the slight astringency and overall vegetal flavor.
Bottom Line: This is a winner, if you give it a chance. If you're looking for a complex flavor, this is the one to try; each cup reveals a bit more to the drinker, so things never get old while drinking.
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