|"Somehow this has all the features of a great Sun Moon Lake black tea but none of the violent punch that usually accompanies them."|
This summer 2011 tea's leaves are beautiful, long, curled black spears. After 3 minutes at 212°, I get a striking amber liquor. The cup is a brilliant mix of malt and honey balanced by a winey acidity. Most interestingly, it has "gan," that hard-to-find minty throat sensation I've only seen a few times before. You wouldn't think mint would go well with wine, but in this context, it's a delicious and interesting mix. My five-minute second steep is on par with the first, losing little of its complexity and flavour.
Somehow this has all the features of a great Sun Moon Lake black tea but none of the violent punch that usually accompanies them. It goes down smoothly and gently, a great feature for those of us who love rich teas but whose stomachs like to throw frequent tantrums when we imbibe. Recommended on so many levels.
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