I received this tea as part of an incredibly generous sample from Angel. Thank you so much!
First off, I love these little foil wrapped samples. They would be ideal for travel or for people who want to keep their tea packaged until the last minute. I know the package says not for sale, but I could see this being an item that some people would love to buy.
The dry leaf smelled familiar, a promising and complex smell that has come to mean “Yunnan” to me.
The package suggested a steep of 2 to 3 minutes. I went with 3 out of habit, but in hindsight I wish I had gone with 2. This is a very powerful tea! Strong and a bit malty, it is a perfect breakfast tea for me. It was both my first and second cup today. Usually I steep my first tea twice, but the second cup was still so strong and dark that I left it for a third steep (I haven’t done it yet).
I really enjoyed it! It’s definitely an early in the day tea for me, and I am looking forward to that next steep.