I got this as a sample from my last order and boy, was it a generous sample. Thank you, David!
Anyway, this was another one that I was really curious to try. The notes on Verdant sold me, while the contradictory ones on here made me want to know more.
Dry leaf, I couldn’t really smell it, but the leaves looked like a greener version of a Wu Yi rock oolong. I steeped half a tablespoon of the fairly medium leaves for twenty seconds in eight ounces. The steam that rose was very floral to me like a forest, and very nutty. It was extremely similar to a Gui Fei. Then I sipped it down, and it had the same nutty, oddly sweet taste of a Gui Fei, but a bamboo woodsiness of a rock oolong. It was almost vegetal, but more so roasted and nutty. I can see why vanilla was noted because it has the creamy, cooling and sweet mouthfeel of vanilla, but doesn’t quite have the taste.
Steep two, 45 seconds, and a little too light. Steeped the rest of it for another fifty seconds. Much fainter this time, but had a toast, muffin quality to it. Some more of the vanilla mouthfeel.
Steep three, three minutes. There is a definite vanilla like smell, kinda creamy like jasmine. Sipped, and a little too light again. Another full minute. Still light, but floral that’s kinda close to the smell.
I had to stop there. I really enjoyed this one. It was sweet and had a fairly unique profile to it that again was between a rock oolong and a Gui Fei. Perhaps I should use more leaves and a little bit less water next time, but I still enjoyed it. Would recommend as something to try, but it would be up to mood, preference, and season like Fall or Summer to own.
Flavors: Floral, Nuts, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet, Toast, Vegetal