This is the second teaI have from this producer. While I enjoy them both I think I prefer the Panyong http://steepster.com/teas/fujian-fuan-famers-shen-second-outlet/40699-2013-premium-spring-hilson-panyong-congou. Having said that, this is still a really nice tea with nice fruit, cocoa, and sweet notes ranging from honey, sweet potato and molasses. Brewed western style it is a very smooth rich,warming tea with a balance of sweetness and tartness.
The drt tea are mostly dark straighter blades, scattered with around 25% golden tips. The twa smells both sweet and of sharp fruit at the same time. The brewed tea is the colour of a medium red amber.
For this brewing session I used the following parameters:
1 TSP 1.35 min 90°C.
The scent was of red fruit and longan, malt, a slightly grainy note, honey, and a touch of cocoa. It has a very sweet rich scent.
The taste is of molasses, cocoa, honey, grain with malt tones, red fruit, and longan, with aftertaste of hot cocoa.
The second steep was 3 min. It had stronger grain and cocoa, notes, more malt underneath, a little less sweetness, and remains very smooth. The fruit was quite present.
I think I prefer this one with longer steeps, rather than gongfu style. When I’ve done short steeps this one is more sweet potato, and is flatter than the Panyong by the same producer. I’ve steeped it even longer than today closer to 4 minutes and it is even sweeter and richer tasted and the sharper fruit notes fade so this is one you can really cater to your preferences.
Brewed western style you can get at least three good steeps from this tea. I’ve got 7 steeps out of this using shorter steeps. Having said this. I’m glad I tried western style brewing with this one. Although I prefer the Panyong, This one is definitely a very nice tea and is growing in my appreciation.
This tea is available from several aliexpress dealers or directly from the producer on taobao. I bought it at the shop listed in the product description and had a good and timely experience, and received samples.