Ok, I’ve been trying to think of how to describe this tea, and this is the best I’ve got: Lipton, if it tasted better, and was slightly sweet. The leaves themselves are dark green with small pieces of what I’m assuming are the osmanthus flowers. It’s kind of fascinating because the flavor is SO familiar and yet different at the same time. If you’re a fan of oolongs, samples of this are inexpensive from Upton. It’s worth a try just to see the amazing variations within Chinese oolongs.
I’ve drank this a few more times since my last note, and I have a few more thoughts! This is a strongly floral and sweet tea, and it’s a little astringent and nutty which I think is what reminded me of Lipton. The liquor itself smells really floral and malty at the same time, and is a deep gold color. I’m also getting more bitterness as the tea cools. This is an interesting tea and really beautiful to watch steep. Deep green curled oolong leaves unfold with tiny osmanthus flower pieces.