Alistair included a sample of this with my first order from What-Cha. I steeped that sample in a traditional brewer, and was absolutely delighted with the taste of a sweet popcorn ball, dancing alongside a toasty vegetal oolong. Holy moly.
I (immediately) (obviously) ordered more of this heady stuff, and my gong fu steeps yielded some really interesting flavors. Rather than that big sweet popcorn ball busting through, the first nose I got from the first steep took me right back to some toasted green chili pepper seeds from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Not spicy — roasty, vegetal, and extremely savory and complex. Further steeps uncovered buttered toast, rice, and the lovely vegetal flavors of the oolong. That sweet popcorn ball that I was anticipating waited until later steeps (4-5) to peek out.
I can’t wait to keep drinking this tea, in both brewing styles. It’s absolutely delightful and I know there’s so much more to find. Highly, highly recommend.
Flavors: Butter, Green Pepper, Kettle Corn, Pastries, Popcorn, Pumpkin Seed, Rice, Roasty, Savory, Sticky Rice, Sugar, Sweet, Warm Grass, Toast, Vegetal