I just finished off the last of my sample of this one – I drank most of it a few months ago. I thought I’d already reviewed on here, so I didn’t take very good tasting notes. Oops.
There was one note which stood out for me in this tea – a fruitiness that was sometimes like apricot, but more often tasted like orange rind to me. The only teas I’ve had which would have a comparable flavor are the puerhs which are actually stuffed into orange rind and brewed along with it. There were other flavors as well, perhaps straw and a slight floral note, but all were second to this intense fruitiness.
This tea was much more about flavor than body or feeling. The taste was wonderful, but I didn’t note any qi, and the body was more juicy than thick, if that makes any sense. A solid tea. Interestingly, I remember this tea being quite fruity the last time I drank it, but I seem to remember more of an apricot sweetness than the distinct orange rind I got from it this time. Perhaps I last drank this before I had tried one of the puerh-stuffed mandarins, so I didn’t have that comparison to make in my head.
Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Fruity, Orange Zest, Straw