First, a few disclaimers: yesterday I got I packet of samples from Daoli. Since samples can’t lie around for long, most of my following notes will be about their teas. Secondly – you shold take this particular note with a pinch of salt, since I am not really into black teas at the moment, so I have few “references”.
This was my first morning cup today. I warmed my ware, “washed” 5 grams of leaves with hot water for few seconds, then steeped in 1 dl (3,4 oz) of water. First cup hit me with the aroma I can describe as that of a good stout (beer drinkers will know what I mean). It is slightly smoky at first, which turned into dried apples or pears. I have difficulties pinpointing the taste itself, but it had a full bodied feeling. (At first I was almost disappointed since I anticipated strong tastes associated with beer.:) ) The aftertaste is somehow bitter, but not unpleasant.
I drank my second cup with a piece of chocolate. A party in my mouth! Sweethes of chocolate helped to pronounce the dried fruit aromas of tea. Lovely!
That’s it for now. I’m off to make some more. Overall, this is a really good tea. Again, keep in mind that I am not a black tea drinker so my note might be of little help to experienced drinkers.