Thank you, Temple Road, for generously sending me a sample! I received in a while ago but I finally have the chance to really sit down with it!
The dry leaf consists of beautifully rolled green leaves, which have a floral aroma. Once they were steeped they took on a dark green color and seemed to have breathed in the water. After four cups, when they were fully unrolled, I could see that the leaf in general consisted of two leaves on a stem. Not one was torn or broken – all were intact.
The first cup and second cups are slightly different, but only so in color in and flavor intensity. When I first steeped the tea, the leaves were barely unrolled. Their scent was floral and a little vegetal, smelling of broccoli. The liquor was a very pale yellow. While it tasted lightly floral, it was full-bodied and creamy. Meanwhile, the liquor of the second cup was slightly darker – a light gold. It was similar aroma and taste, only the floral was much stronger. Additionally, the floral aftertaste lingers much longer on the tongue.
I haven’t had a green oolong in months. This was lovely and refreshing to drink in the early days of spring!