Intended to drink more puer today but left it too late. So I had this instead.

My packet says “spring 2015” not “autumn 2014” but the vendor description is the same.

Steeped like rinse/30s/1m/2m/3m/4m/4m/5m/5m. It was totally done after the 7th steep, the last one didn’t do anything.

Not much smoke in this tea, if you’re looking for tarry lapsong souchong or tea that tastes like Laphroaig, move along nothing to see here.

I’ve tried it a couple of times in a mug infuser, where it’s good for a couple of steeps. This session in a gaiwan, it lasted better than most red teas.

The dry leaf has a sort of aged scent, which surprised me. The first few steeps have a note reminiscent of aged white tea that I’ve been drinking lately. I don’t think that came out in the mug infuser. Slightly sweet, a little fruity, a little astringent. Smokey doesn’t even make the top three for me, again a bit of a surprise. Nice ethereal mouthfeel in the first few steeps. If you like gongfu hongcha give this one a try.

Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Spices, Sweet

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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