Starfevre sent me this one a while ago but I’m just now writing a tasting note for it! Thank you! I had this once before! I used a teaspoon and a half of leaves, since Yunnans seem to be chocolatier that way. This one is VERY good. I’m rarely disappointed with Adagio’s blends. I could easily stock up on this one (and most of Adagio’s teas)! It’s a perfect starter if you are new to Yunnan and need an example of how they taste.
Steep #1 // a few minutes after boiling // 3 min
I’ve already gulped down most of this delicious cup – so dark chocolatey! With stone fruit/apricot. Medium bodied, not a tough black tea, as I’m finding Yunnan teas aren’t. Never astringent or bitter. So so good! Malty, a bit peppery. I definitely like this with a teaspoon and a half. Just the perfect Yunnan.
Steep #2 // a few minutes after boiling // 4 min
This cup is just as lovely.. I don’t know why more people don’t reuse leaves! There has only been a handful of teas that have been noticeably not re-steepable worthy. This cup was slightly more peppery though. The third cup was okay, not as amazing as the others – it went with dinner! This tea reminds me of Butiki’s Golden Lion Assam… which I just bought because it is my favorite tea ever. Well, I’ve got two more steep sessions worth of leaves anyway!