Oh my god, I’m excited for this tea. After having Green Terrace’s amazing Li Shan black the other day, I just had to dig into this.
The dry leaf is tightly rolled into small green pellets and doesn’t smell like much, but steeped, the bready, sweet notes that I loved in the black are coming out, along with some nice floral notes.
Now that this has cooled enough to drink, I’m quite enjoying it. Some of the bready notes come through on the palate, along with a bit of vegetal tang, but the dominant note is a really lovely floral, complimented by just a hint of astringency. Reminiscent of jasmine and even a bit of lavender.
The start of the sip isn’t super great – it has a bit of that under-leafed hot water taste when it first hits my tongue, but the flavour and complexity build quickly, and the finish is quite powerful. I’m not sure that I’d actually want to add more leaf or more time to this.
Second steep was very similar. A bit heavier on the bread and lighter on the floral.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Floral, Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet, Vegetal