|"Slightly suggestive of brandy."|
This particular mixture of both black and oolong leaves had an aroma that caught me off guard. Delicious though it was, it didn't really smell like tea. It possessed a tangy, fruity, tobacco scent. When hot water was added, though, the complex aromas drifted away.
Happily, the multi-faceted character returned in the tasting. I noted jasmine, honey, chocolate, and malt, for starters. Then there was that unique, leafhopper saliva flavor that several Taiwanese oolongs possess. These insects are encouraged to munch on certain bushes because such treatment adds a touch of cloying sweetness -a slightly fermented taste-to the end product. It may be an acquired taste, but I, for one, like it. It reminds me of brandy.
I also like that these leaves were easy to brew. The teas I tried from T-oolong all tolerated boiling water well. (Some oolongs need a cooler temperatuare in order to release their complexity.)
I can't find anything bad to say about this tea. I rate it a 10.
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