12 Tasting Notes
The tie-guan-yin toastiness is there, with an extra punch. The ginseng and licorice (or whatever they ground on it) give it an unusual sweetness. I’ve had success both with 1 minute-and-increasing infusions and the 3 minute generic rule of thumb for oolongs. Play around with it to find your sweet spot.
I have limited experience with Darjeelings (I always found them too astringent), but this one made me happy. Fair amount of body, and a complex, flowery, pleasantly astringent taste. It leaves a crisp, refreshing aftertaste. I usually brewed it 3-4 minutes, but it can take 5 minutes and can be forgiving if you neglect it, if don’t mind the astringency. Recommended.
When I first opened the tin, my unsuspecting nostrils were attacked by a strong aroma of — hookah tobacco? I couldn’t (and still can’t) stop making the correlation. I was sort of scared that it would taste over the top, but the brew proved me wrong. It was magnificent, the first flavoured tea (with the exception of Earl Greys) I’ve had that seemed to have its own character. Plus, it won’t get bitter if you oversteep it. This has been the fastest I’ve ever gone through 4 oz of tea.