Thanks for the samples, Teavivre! This was a while ago that I received this, but I really didn’t want to go longer without writing a review. So this harvest is probably from last year. Just to give a warning that the flavor might not be the freshest. This steep session does taste like it did when I tried it a few months ago though. I must admit, this type of tea is not one I’d consider a favorite. I can never taste distinct flavors from these types of dark, wiry oolongs. The color of the brew is yellow, which is always an interesting contrast to those black leaves. The flavor isn’t strong enough for me. It’s very light, sweet with only hints of cream and minerals. For one sip, there was a moment of peach. In my limited experience with ‘phoenix’ oolong, the leaves usually have a hint of peach flavor. All three cups were very stable and consistent in flavor. When I drink tea, I’d really prefer more flavor. So this tea might not be for me, but I’m sure it’s for someone out there!
Steep #1 // half a sample pouch for a full mug// 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 15 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #3 // few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep