This tea is absolutely fascinating. It’s the first aged Oolong I’ve ever tried, and I’m really enjoying its complexity. I should wait a few more infusions before logging it as it’s changing with each cup. But, I’m taking a break from paper-writing.
I get an evergreen sap scent from the liquor and especially the dry leaf, as mentioned in the tea’s description. Also that deep, dark roastiness. It smelled quite intimidating, but I’m learning to be less afraid of the scent of roasted Oolongs. It’s woody and dark but there’s no bitterness and it actually ends with a hint of sweetness in the back of my mouth. This tastes like a wood fire to me, but like the FIRE part, not the smoke. It tastes like the point at which a fire has burnt out at the cottage but we’re still sitting around the charred logs, pine needles and soil under foot. It’s earthy and yet silken. Excellent!