The leaves are small and fuzzy. They range in color from black to brown to red. There are some whites where the fur is especially dense. Clearly, these are young leaves. From the smell of the dry leaves, you can already tell that this is a more oxidized oolong. The scent reminded me of Hong Kong style milk tea. There is a smooth creamy character.
Flash rinse, then steep for 30 seconds. The tea is a light yellowish brown. It is milky and toasty. There is a hint of apricot and earthiness. It’s very sweet.
Very tasty. It’s definitely more like black tea than oolong, but it is very enjoyable.
Another win for this tea company! More info on the other steeps forthcoming. :)