|"My new favourite Chinese black tea."|
The rich brown liquor smells of malt, berries, and honey. The texture is rich, velvety smooth, and oily, coating the mouth and making the sweet and smoky aftertaste linger. Despite the robust mouthfeel, the flavour is surprisingly subtle, with notes of caramel, smoke, bitter chocolate. It's subdued and mellow, but not quiet. Despite its softness, it has presence. By my 4-minute third steep, the liquor is still surprisingly dark and shockingly smooth. It's sweet and delicious.
I love bold Chinese black gong fu teas, I do. But I can't drink them often or much at a time because they settle so heavily, so I tend to stick with tippy Yunnan teas. Usually by the end of a gong fu session, even when prepped in my smallest vessel, I'm overwhelmed with flavour and tannins and often feel sick. But with this tea, you get all the texture of a heavy black without the weight. It's interesting and has character, but the flavour isn't overwhelming or too bold. It's the perfect balance for me, though if you want a hardcore cup, it may not be for you. Personally, I think I've found my new favourite Chinese black tea.
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