This is one of the teas I received from Russel Allyn and Harney and Sons.
I was pretty excited about this one, because in two of the tea shops I have visited in Raleigh lately, they have mentioned this type of tea as being a current favorite of theirs.
The dry leaf is long and somewhat thin and is a medium green color. The aroma is fairly strong. Very nice!
The liquor is light to medium gold. I am not picking up on the smoke others have mentioned, but I do get what I would call a lightly roasted walnut or pecan aroma and taste. There is a nice mineral or frosty quality to this and it feels a bit milky in the mouth. It made me think of when you are cooking a pot of rice and it isn’t quite done, and there is frothy water and rice starch bubbling up at the sides. That is a fairly good description of the aroma and texture I am getting here.
This is definitely a subtle tea, ever so smooth with not even a hint of sourness or astringency, but not as subtle as a white tea. This is quite good. This is the type of tea I like to make in my biggest tetsubin and set over a warmer to sip on all day along when I have such days!
To sum up, mellow, smooth, subtle, lightly mineral/frosty, slightly nutty, milky like rice water!
Thank you, Russel and Harney and Sons!