|"This moderately priced tea provides interesting fruity and floral tones. It will please fans of gently sweet oolongs."|
I infused a heaping teaspoonful in 250ml of water, heated to 90 degrees Celsius as per Mountain Tea's recommendations. After 3 and a half minutes, the aptly named greenish-gold cup is again scented with mild honeyed tones. Taking a sip, the results are mild and smooth. The top notes are buttery and mineral, followed by more floral flavours. The aftertaste makes me think of bee pollen and daisies. There is also a hint of grilled peaches that pops out once in a while. It's good but not fantastic as far as rolled oolongs go.
I try a second infusion following a 4 and a half minute brew. This cup is more robust and flavourful, with a thicker body, more astringency and a peppery finish. Sage notes come forward over a background of peaches and honeydew. This steep definitely stands out compared to the previous one.
I steep the leaves a third time for 5 minutes. The cup remains smooth and creamy, as good quality oolongs are wont to do. A faint apricot taste flavours the sip from start to finish. The other elements of the tea have all faded away at this point, making for a very mild cup, bordering on bland.
This moderately priced tea provides interesting fruity and floral tones. It will please fans of gently sweet oolongs. I didn't find any major drawbacks to this leaf as it's very tolerant of various steeping parameters and easy to brew. It didn't blow my socks off so I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase it alone. I would be inclined to add it to my cart to round out an order however.
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