This tea was quite good. It rates highly in comparison to other oolongs I have had in this class. There were some subtle chocolate notes and a strong oolong taste that I am not sure I can describe. There was a little bit of bitterness. While I didn’t get tea drunk it was very relaxing. I purchased it locally from the biggest tea store on Long Island (at least in the number of teas biggest), Clipper Ship Tea Company. I am not sure I would buy it again simply because I thought it somewhat overpriced at $12 for 46g of tea. They sell the tea by the number of “cups”, not by weight. It is this one quirk of an otherwise great store with lots of great tea and teaware. They have not website but you can buy their teas over the phone if you want.
I brewed this tea five times in a large gaiwan, about 180ml. I used 7g of leaf. I used 190 degree water. I gave the tea a 10 sec rinse. I then brewed it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 15 sec and 30 sec. There were distinct chocolate notes and that was the main note I identified when I switched from suger to fresh raspberries and honey for steepings three and four. I went back to sugar for the last steeping.
I like this tea a lot but am annoyed that I only realized after I got it home and weighed it that it was only 46g. Had I known the price when I bought it I would probably not have batted an eye.