|"An ardent and passionate tea. Drink with abandon."|
These spinach-colored, ball-shaped leaves smelled like orchids, jasmine and honey in the package. Once brewed, they unfurled into huge, lanky, leaves that emitted an even more intense honey/flower aroma. The taste, too, was sweet, vivid, and perfume-like, with hints of ripe banana.
At the risk of sounding corny and insincere, I must say that this tea spoke to me. It said, "I went through a lot for you. I love you. Please enjoy me." So I drank unabashedly.
Despite its complex and commanding nature, this tea was simple to prepare. I added a teaspoon of leaves to 8 ounces of boiling water and let it steep for five minutes. This method only produced one infusion worth drinking. More experienced Asian-tea drinkers could use the Gongfu or Gaiwan brewing methods to get several batches. Both methods are expertly explained on T-Oolong's website.
No matter how you brew it, I would recommend it. I rate it a 10.
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