Dry: Dark long twisty leaves with some golden tips. Light and fluffy with a potent fragrance of malt and roasted sweet potato goodness.
Steeped: Brewed Western style in a large infuser to give these lovely leaves room to expand. I brewed up 24oz this morning and overleafed slightly because I did not have my computer on yet to check the parameters. Then to top it off I oversteeped by at least 1 full minute. Fortunately, the tea did not give me any trouble over it and is a rich red-brown clear liquor. The aroma is dark chocolate and malt. Delicious! I will try it the way it is supposed to be brewed next time, but I am really happy with the result this morning so we will see which way ends up more flavorful.
Taste: I am amazed again with this one just as with Laoshan Black. This tea brings to mind sweet potato and malt across the palate with the first sip. There is a thick and satisfying mouthfeel that reminds me of dark chocolate and honey blended in as well. No bitterness and no intense sweetness either- just balanced, mild, and beautiful flavors that make every sip an experience instead of just a morning wake-up.
I have only tried this one and Laoshan Black from Verdant so far, but I am very impressed and think that both of these teas will probably need to be staples in the cupboard. So good!