|"The flavor was lightly sweet, with notes of oolong’s stone fruit and some green tea grassiness. It was drying, a tiny bit astringent, with little finish to speak of, other than that drying sensation. The flavor was definitely front-loaded."|
The dry leaf is small, slightly twisted, and decidedly green—a dark olive sprinkled with light tips. It has a lightly sweet, but not particularly distinctive fragrance.
I brewed a teaspoon of it in 8 oz. of 195F water for three minutes. The result was a warm golden liquor with a sweet fragrance that reminded me of orange blossoms with a touch of lime. The flavor was lightly sweet, with notes of oolong’s stone fruit and some green tea grassiness, with not trace of a black's muscatel flavor. It was drying, a tiny bit astringent, with little finish to speak of, other than that drying sensation. The flavor was definitely front-loaded. It was not an especially complex flavor profile, but what flavor it had was quite nice, and refreshing, too.
A second three minute steep gave me a cup of much the same color, with the same sweet fragrance. The flavor, however, was quite different. Up front it was oolong sweet, but not grassy but spinachy now, and more astringent without being bitter, with a slightly sweet finish that lingered a little. Once again, it was very refreshing.
This tea is an interesting contrast to black Darjeelings. Priced very reasonably, this tea is certainly worth a try.
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