Hand Picked Tieguanyin Spring Oolong (2011)
Through the first few steepings this tea tastes almost candy like. There are strong notes of orchid and honeysuckle that linger in the back of the throat like licorice root. In steeping three the extremely creamy and buttery quality of this tea comes through to support the floral nature. It tastes almost like fresh Spanish saffron and clover honey. Late in steeping, the floral and creamy notes continue and the complexity builds with the introduction of sweet grass notes. The flavor yields excellent infusions for about thirty steepings in a gaiwan, or 10 in a traditional tea pot.
UPDATE: The 2011 spring harvest of this tea sold out. The spring 2012 harvest is now available:
A Steepster page for the new spring 2012 harvest is here: