|"Full bodied yet light, this oolong strikes a great balance between fruit and grass notes. If you haven't tried leaf hopper-afflicted teas yet, this is a great place to start!
Since the leaves are so fluffy, I aimed for 2 level teaspoonfuls. I steeped them in 8 ounces of water heated to 95 degrees Celsius for 3 minutes. The pale, tan-coloured cup has an aroma that reminds me of warm bread with ripe stone fruit. Taking a sip, the tea is smooth and herbaceous at first. There is a delicious tannic quality to the top notes of the brew that reminds me of Darjeelings, second flushes in particular. The tea becomes increasingly sweet and malty as it cools. This cinnamon-honey sweetness is present throughout each sip but it's subtle and changes interestingly over time, eventually coming close to honeydew melon in flavour. The overall results make for a bright, generous, and unique cup that is easy to enjoy.
After a 4 minute-long steep, my second brewing is much deeper in colour. It still has a noticeable honey finish to it and a pleasant herbaceous kick. Otherwise the tea seems rather muted. I would try steeping the leaves a little longer next time – there seems to be little danger of the cup becoming bitter or astringent.
I managed to pull two more decent cups out of the leaves, both of which were nearly identical to the second brew. After a 5 and a half and an eight minute-long steep, these are simple, sweet and well rounded steeps.
Full bodied yet light, this oolong strikes a great balance between fruit and grass notes. The tannins of the initial cup give it a taste that is closer to a black tea than most oolongs. Reasonably priced, especially considering the longevity of the leaves, this tea provides lots of pesticide-free bang for your buck. If you haven't tried leaf hopper-afflicted teas yet, this is a great place to start!
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