I was expecting a dark TGY and was surprised by how green this was. This is a jade oolong with a gentle roast that gives it a distinct taste from regular green TGY.
The leaves are loosely rolled pellets with a faint smell of molasses. It reminds me of the cheap gunpowder green tea I used to drink back in the day. Wet leaf emits aromas of graham cracker, spice, camphor, and some wuyi minerality. The color of the liquid is pale yellow with a tinge of green.
First steeping is quite green with lots of floral and undertones of baked bread. The floral notes become brighter and sweeter as the steeps progress. Along the way, I pick up notes of caramelized sugar, minerals, and some orchid with a soft underlying roast. Around the 4th steep, the tea becomes more buttery, develops a thicker mouthfeel, and a nectar like fruitiness. The taste profile at this point is similar to a lightly roast Gao Shan and Verdant’s fruitier oolongs like Ruan Zhi.
This was my kind of roasted oolong. The light roasting maintains its fresh green character while bringing out interesting fruity and baked flavors.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Floral, Fruity, Graham Cracker, Spices