Master Bi's Jin Guan Yin Wuyi Oolong
Verdant Reserve Club – March
When I asked Master Bi to pick this tea out for the reserve club, he knew immediately that the Jin Guan Yin was the way to go. He sent it to us in beautiful 100g boxes, each hand-painted with his calligraphy and seal approving each batch.
Pouring water over these beautifully twisted little leaves, the aroma of raspberry chocolate cake wafts up- dark, grounded and luscious fruit.
The first steeping is like the satisfying aftertaste of melty chocolate truffles. The taste lingers on the tongue assertively, developing a fruity taste like chocolate covered blueberries. This continues to develop into a light bergamot citrus that hints at earl grey.
As the steepings continue, the flavor becomes more bright and crisp, concentrated on the top of the tongue. There is a warm numbing sensation and rich dark fruity quality like a good aged tawny port wine.