I got the 2008 on sale for less than three dollars for 50 grams.

The dry leaf is pretty with lots of green mixed with much darker leaf. When steeped, the liquor was a deep gold color. The aroma was very floral with heavy toasty notes. The flavor was: smooth, deep, rich, earthy, with a slight sweetness and roasty toasty goodness. A lingering slightly tart fruitiness. I infused this many times. At the end the flavor was not as strong, but still very good.

I loved this tea. I am just now delving into the world of oolong, so haven’t much to compare it to, but it was just really satisfying. I don’t know what it tasted like in 2008, but it’s still tasty…especially at the current sale price.

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Longtime tea drinker, lifelong tea student. Lapsang Souchong started it for me. My preference is for single origin teas. Aged oolongs and sheng puerhs being a couple favorites. That said, I will always have a spot in my heart for a cup of PG Tips with a splash of soy milk!

I like fruit and spice, but prefer to keep those relegated to herbal blends. Herbals will always have a place in my cupboard for late night sipping.


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