This was a sample Garret threw in with one of my orders. So nice!
Steeped this one in my gaiwan complete with rinse and more leaf and all that—I’ve decided for straight oolongs that’s my method of choice (have had some truly mind blowing experiences that way). It is toasty, like toasty cereal, plus creamy/buttery in that vaguely savory/salty way many oolongs seem to me. It’s a nice specimen, but I’ve noticed I just don’t seem super into the classic high altitude “shan” oolongs. They’re never bad, just kind of unremarkable to me—I think their particular flavor and texture qualities just happen not to interest me much. But again, this is a good specimen of the type if you like them. I agree too this shares qualities—the creaminess mainly, which builds along with a clean almost fresh milky taste upon multiple resteeps—with Mandala’s popular Milk Oolong. I enjoyed the third and fourth steepings best, when that “fresh clean creamy milk” flavor came out.