I was very excited to finally get my hands on some of this tea. The leaves look very similar to Da Hong Pao. The scent is of a deep and hearty roast with a slight hint of olde parchment. I placed the instructed amount in my warmed gaiwan and shook up the embers. The scent that wafted from my gaiwan (didn’t even have to open the lid) was intoxicating. My tea room was filled with a smooth char aroma and burnt sugared dates. I knew this would be tasty. The steeped leaves gave off the scent of a campsite after a rainstorm. The embers from last nights fire still sizzling. The leaves were long blackened green. They had a bright oily texture to them. The flavor was potently sweet. The brew had an almost alcohol rum taste. It had a smooth and full body. I was getting a lot of different tones. This brew stood up well against multiple steeping. It only had about five or so potent pours. I was a little disappointed in this brew. It was a very nice tea, yet I could get the exact same for half the price. I’ve had a few competition grade DHP, and I could see a close resemblance. They DHP would be much cheaper as well, and the flavor may be even more prominent. I still have some of this, so I will be trying a much more powerful session later on.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Char, Dates, Roasted, Rum, Smoked, Sweet, Wet Rocks