|"A fairly unique and exciting tea; its orthodox nature and proceeds toward a good charity are even more cause for celebration."|
The dried leaf is lovely and impressive - large, thick, plump, tippy leaves ranging from golden colored to deep mahogany. They are twisted well, very long, and did I mention plump? The aroma emitted from the dried leaf is evocative of a perfumed wood (sandalwood?), a bit spicy, a bit fruity, and even a bit nutty. The excitement definitely builds from the appearance and aroma of this tea.
A 3 minute infusion delivers a reddish amber cup with a slight aroma and flavor profile similar to a Yunnan tea. Initial flavor on the palate has that distinct, umami Yunnan flavor, but tapers off into a more Darjeeling-like character on the finish, with a lingering, subtle astringency in the aftertaste. In all, this is a fairly unique and exciting tea; its orthodox nature and proceeds toward a good charity are even more cause for celebration.
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