This is my favorite tea to drink. I am a big fan of Yunnan black teas, so this fits my palate nicely.
I love the smell of this tea. It’s earthy with notes of cocoa and malt. There is also a honey-like sweetness to the nose.
The taste is excellent: the malty and cocoa notes are quite obvious, but they are present after that honey-sweet earthiness mentioned before. One of my favorite things about this tea is that there is little to no bitterness at all (Personally, I have found that 195 degrees is a good temperature for black teas that bring out flavor without causing bitterness).
The second cup is just like the first, except the honey and malt take a backseat to the cocoa and earthiness. This tea doesn’t get noticeably weak to me until the 4th+ steeping. However, it is not a hugely apparent loss of flavor. In short, you’ll get many infusions with this one.
Although the price may be a breaker for some, anyone who has tried many Yunnan teas knows the difference in quality with price. Also, $15/ 2 oz. is a reasonable buy for this delicious concoction. I use three pearls per 8 oz./water, and I haven’t used mine up in weeks! Go buy this stuff and enjoy. There’s a reason it has such a high rating on Teavana.com