Last oolong in the cupboard to taste and write an initial note about! Except that it’s not. Apparently, I’d already written a note about this one, and I thought I hadn’t? Perhaps it was because I was leaving off rating it.
So let me revise that to last oolong in the cupboard to rate — that’s better.
Awesome. Now all that is left in that category is pu erh.
On that front, I must make a correction. I thought I would only have 3 left after today but I discovered another cake that I apparently entered into the Steepster data base but didn’t place in my cupboard. And there are those pesky pu erh samples I haven’t tried all of yet.
So, current count:
Pu erh cakes: 4
Pu erh samples: 15
If you count the bagged, flavored pu erh from Lupicia, I guess it is really 16.
But back to this tea. It’s a special one. The color, and the slighly roasty/smoky aroma in the tin made me think this would taste like a dark oolong.
But no! It’s not. It’s more like a very full bodied green oolong with a hint of smoke.
Gaiwan. Rinse. 195F for 15 seconds, adding 5 for each additional steep. I did five steeps. I might have done more but I have a craving for a black tea and I don’t want to drink it too late in the day.
In any case, this is a special tea. It’s got the sweet, floral notes, and even the dairy notes of a green tie guan yin, with a smoky/toasty note as well.
Honestly, I could drink this one all day.
Flavors: Cream, Floral, Milk, Roasted, Smoke, Toasty