Scent in package: fruity, a very light muscatel scent, intriguing
Brewed in: Tea for one pot w/metal infuser
Steeped: 3 min.@ just under boiling, 4 min.@ just under boiling
Cup: Stoneware café mug
Thanks to T-Ching for this very generous offer! The samples far surpass the amount of tea I expected to get for the $3 shipping. This is my first time participating in a tasting event, and hopefully it won’t be the last.
I conducted this tasting at work, thus no pictures. I was surprised at the amount of brighter green in the leaves though…it seems like more of a mixture of light/dark than most oolongs I’ve encountered to this point. It does make for a very lovely looking dry leaf blend though.
The scent of the first cup is nearly intoxicating. Very grape/muscatel in nature, and I could sense a thicker viscosity in the liquid just by the fragrance wafting up from the cup. There’s a deeper note to the scent that I can’t quite make out, but it draws me in to that first sip.
The first sip was as intriguing as the scent. It’s a muscatel flavor, like a darjeeling, but much deeper and more rounded. The tea is thicker and more honey-like, blending the best of both darjeeling and oolong teas. It’s not astringent at all, but smooth and mellow – if darjeeling is the “champagne” of teas, I might go out on a limb and declare this oolong a “fine wine” along a similar vein.
The aftertaste left a slight bite on the tip of my tongue, and a smooth coating on the inside of my mouth. Very pleasant and soothing – a welcome relaxation to the mid-morning work “grind”.
I had a second cup of the same leaves in the afternoon, and it was very refreshing, with the same fruity taste, but lighter. All in all, very enjoyable, and a tea I will enjoy again soon.