52 Tasting Notes
This is a really great example of a well-executed light-medium roast. The roasting adds some grainy notes to the tea, like cereal, while keeping a lot of greenness from the base tea. The body is much thicker than a normal green oolong as well, and it has a really nice hui gan. The finish is floral, but not too floral.
This is a nice daily drinker due to its price and the mellow, easy-going flavor profile. Another winner from FLT.
EDIT: Later steepings have notes of vanilla and honey.
First review for this wonderful company in over 2 years.
Dry leaf is very uneven and loosely rolled, all characteristics of a handmade tea, which is becoming rarer and rarer these days. The wet leaf is tough and pitch black, showing that the roast is properly done. There are almost no broken leaves. This tea steeps to a deep brown color, unlike other lower quality Dong Dings which are light brown at best. Another way this stands out from lower quality Dong Dings is in the flavor. The charcoal roasting of this makes a huge difference, the roast is smoother and tastes more natural. The tea is thicker bodied than normal Dong Dings. The tea is sweeter than normal Dong Dings. The flavors that come through are delicious, chocolate and butter with a slight floral finish. No astringency at all.
However, the price reflects the quality. This tea is $15 an ounce, however that didn’t stop it from selling out shortly after I bought it. The Floating Leaves sale wiped them out. All I can do is hope that another batch is roasted soon. In the meantime I’ll stick with cheaper Dong Dings after this ounce runs out. Absolutely love this tea.
EDIT: Later steeps have scent of Marijuana. Incredibly 420 tea.
Flavors: Butter, Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Flowers, Roasted, Sweet