Wow! This is fantastic! Thank you Marzipan for supplying me with this treat.
I love oolongs. I I love the sheer variety of this type of tea. This one reminds me of Blue Mountain Twirl by Davids Tea but waaaayy better! I opened the small package and took a peek at my new present. The leaves were small black, gold, and purple tendrils of roots. They varied in length and size but were beautiful. They had a distinct apricot and honey scent. I knew that it was going to be amazing! I brewed these dark tentacles in my glass gaiwan. I rinsed them once to release their essence. The aroma was sheer joy! It has a rough smoky scent, like that of black maple syrup and burnt sugar. This dark mist is then under-toned with a sweet floral quality. The initial sip was heaven! It carries a smooth mouth-feel that fully engulfed my taste buds. I could taste maple wood, tobacco, buckwheat honey, and apricot. This was an amazing tea. It has a lot of depth and complex flavors. This had the consistent sweet dark honey falvor as Blue Mountain Twirl only more intensified and these flavors lasted multiple steeps. I was able to pull seven good heavy steeps from my gaiwan. The flavors moved in a curve. They began hearty and bold and smoothed out to a neutral base only to rise up with a sweet tone.
This is a wonderful brew, and I’m sorry to hear the company has closed down. I love that , through the connections with other tea enthusiasts, I am still able to enjoy a companies product even long after they have disappeared. It just goes to show a company can live on with the right products :)
P.S. This makes Tasting note 100! I have finally reached the triple digits. Next stop. Quad digits!
Flavors: Apricot, Burnt Sugar, Dark Wood, Maple Syrup