|"It's full of natural sweetness and earthy tobacco notes pulse in the flavor profile. The tea has a distinct caramel tinge to it that is just delectable, along with a fine malty strength to it. "|
I used three pearls per 8 ounces of freshly boiled water allowed to cool just a couple of minutes. I kept my first steeping to 3 minutes and had a total of three fantastic, well flavored infusions from this leaf. After the first infusion, the leaves had a sleepy look to them like they hadn't quite gotten out of bed yet. They were unfurled but still wound up with one another loosely, not floating separately. There's a rich and unmistakeably Yunnan sort of caramel, smoky earth smell coming off the leaf and I can't wait to try the tea.
The infusion pours out light at first but rapidly darkens in color to a deep chocolate finale with a luminous gold copper halo. The taste is strong and rich; the leaf's Yunnan heritage sings out in a beautiful contralto (or substitute your favorite singing range). It's full of natural sweetness and earthy tobacco notes pulse in the flavor profile. The tea has a distinct caramel tinge to it that is just delectable, along with a fine malty strength to it. The fine finish is not astringent exactly, but it's impressively dry and sweet and melts away gradually. For an Assam lover who also appreciates the complex flavors of Yunnan black teas (or vice versa) this is a match made in heaven.
This is an excellent tea. I love it. It's simple, smooth, copiously flavorful. The preparation is easy. You could use two or three pearls per cup depending on how strongly flavored you like your tea (if you like a less malty brew or strong flavor, try starting with two pearls). The superb natural sweetness is deeply satisfying and a wonderful companion to your morning. I really enjoyed the beautiful presentation of the leaf. The alternating dark and light colors in the bound leaf are appealing to the eye and make the preparation of the tea that much more enjoyable. The color of the infused liquor is magnificently dark and light as well.
I offer a very high recommendation on this tea. It's a real winner!
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