Quick intro note.
I got this one before it ran out. I hesitated a little bit because…I have too much black tea, but I know I will drink it. Since the recommendation was a 2, 3, 4 minute length, I minimized the leaf to around 3-4 grams brewing it on the lighter side. It was a little too light, but had definite flavor and mouthfeel. Plums, honey, and light roast melting into brown sugar were more prominent with a nice drying finish. I could see some similarities to Taiwanese blacks in the stonefruit profile, but the nearly floral and fruity dryness reminds me a lot more of a unroasted Lapsang.
It can be a little bit strong for me caffeine wise, but I like it. I’m going to amp up the leaf next time western, and maybe more so gong fu. I have a feeling this is going to have a lot to offer. This session was not as intense as other blacks I’ve had with a decent amount of complexity in aroma and mouthfeel. I will definitely write more on this one in the future.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Drying, Honey, Malt, Plum, Roasted, Sweet