This is the only Chinese sample in my Harney order. I feel like having a nice, smooth tea after drinking a more astringent one (astringency isn’t my favorite and I’m not used to it). The leaves are dark grey-black and twisty, and they have that fragile, brittle look about them. Dry scent is hay, honey, and a touch of herbs.
Wow, the steeped cup smells like pure honey! This is an interesting tea, it has very strong honey notes which makes me very happy. Honey is one of my favorite flavors in tea, and the reason I love Bai Hao (Oriental Beauty) so much. There’s also a touch of earth providing a base for the other flavors. This has a bit of that Fujian caraway or dill note that I find often, and it makes for an interesting mix with the rich honey. Yummy! Perhaps a tiny slight astringency? Odd since I don’t generally get that with Chinese teas.
Flavors: Dill, Earth, Hay, Honey, Malt, Sweet