My first Pekko tea order arrived today (YAY!) and the first tea I shall be trying is this oolong. I remember the picture looking amazingly delicious with the dots of blue colour and wonderful light green and brown thick leafy twists.
The colour once brewed is somewhat pale honey coloured and it has a roasted aroma (freshly baked bread was mentioned and is a fairly accurate description) with a twinge of astringency.
I have Ti Kuan Yin (unflavoured) on my tea shelf and have I found it to be buttery and slightly sweet.
After a few mouthfuls I can say that it tastes exactly as it smells. A lovely roasted oolong with some character of strength and edging towards being sweet. The flowers manifest a subtle freshness and floralness that blend nicely with the warm, toasty oolong. This is quite strong so next time I would reduce the steeping time by 30seconds and see if that relaxes the strength.
This reminds me very much of popcorn tea (hannoki) but with a stronger toastedness. Not quite the buttery oolong that I remember.
Overall it’s a nice blend and I will update my notes again when I do a shorter steep.