386 Tasting Notes
I received this as a free sample from T-oolongtea in my first order from them. It’s a very unique and complex black tea – one that makes you sit up and pay attention. It’s very light and fragrant, and reminds me more of oolongs than of black teas, but it lacks the vegetal or mineral taste of oolongs. There are pronounced honey notes and a lingering very felt dryness in the tea that is not unpleasant. A tea for thinking with, and a conversation starter that is good for multiple infusions.
Backlogging a cup sipped with a friend after a hard and rather bland week. He usually drinks cheap Wissozky tea bags, and so having his pick of about a dozen or so black teas was a new experience for him. He picked this one based on its lovely caddy, and we both enjoyed it very much. Tea is such fun to share!
Finally figured out the best setup for drinking this tea. My best yixing teapot (which is also my largest, and so the huge huge leaves have plenty of room to spread out in), a large thermos (to save my lazy self from having to go and heat up more water), and 20-40 second steeps (starting from 20 and progressing onwards). I made 9 (!) steeps out of about a tablespoon of leaves, and the leaves were still not running flat. Their lovely fruity flavour just makes my day every time, and so I rushed off today and bought out all of Norbu’s stock. :) Beautiful tea, and undoubtedly my favourite so far.