Being new to oolongs, I don’t know if I can adequately review this tea, but I will give it a try! My apologies up front to all those who know and love oolongs!
The first steep surprised me. I am learning to like oolongs but I can’t honestly say that I love them. Wild Forest oolong was shocking in the way it behaved and I liked that, but I haven’t found that in any other tea.
Now for this one….the aroma did not appeal to me, but remember a person who loves BLACK tea is saying that. I sipped, and was pleasantly surprised. The tea had a LOT of body. There was a hint of sweet, fruity flavor – raisins? And definitely some nutty flavor. The second steep is much nuttier with a hint of butter, and a darker color than the first which may have more to do with my steep times.
This was far nuttier than Wenshan Baozhong, which had a very strong and lovely floral aroma.
This was made in a gaiwan, 1 1/2 tsps leaves to 4 oz. of 190 degree water for 2 min. 15 sec. first steep, 2 min. 45 sec. second steep. I would enjoy this when I want to sit and think, but this isn’t something I would serve at a tea party with a cookie plate! But that isn’t what it is for, anyway!