I can’t decide whether I like this tea. It’s certainly unique, with a flavour similar to the wild Dehong purple I tried a while ago. The leaves are long and greenish with ample golden fuzz. Since they’re from this year’s harvest, they’re still slightly flexible, which makes me oddly happy.
From the first ten-second steep, I get raisins, honey, malt, and a funky green grape sourness. The mouthfeel is slick and heavy and there’s no bitterness. It also seems to have a high caffeine content. This profile lasts for six steeps before the tea loses the raisins and transforms into a typical Assam.
If I actually liked raisins instead of avoiding them at all costs, I’d be singing the praises of this tea. As it is, I’m impressed by its novelty but ambivalent about finishing my 50g bag. Yunnan Sourcing’s website says this is a good candidate for aging, so maybe it will change over time.
What do you do with a good tea whose primary flavour you happen to dislike?
Flavors: Grapes, Heavy, Honey, Malt, Pleasantly Sour, Raisins