It’s been unseasonably hot where I live, so I haven’t been drinking too much tea lately. However, I’ve tried the last of my Teabento samples, Lucky Otter, both gongfu and Western style. (The power went out during my last session yesterday, which deleted my review.)
This Li Shan is sweet, floral, and fruity. In Western style brewing, it has a dried fruit quality similar to cranberries, while gongfu brings out tropical notes like passion fruit and papaya. The floral quality, which the website describes as orchids, balances out this fruitiness nicely. In both brewing styles, there’s virtually no astringency and an underlying vegetal character that gets stronger as the sessions progress.
This is a lovely oolong and I’m grateful to Teabento for the sample.
Flavors: Dried Fruit, Floral, Passion Fruit, Sweet, Tropical, Vegetal