(Gongfu style, 2017 Winter Harvest, temp 95-100C) I have held off on reviewing this one until I had the perfect words to describe it, but I don’t think they are ever going to come. Beautifully milky to start, but not buttery like a jin xuan/milk oolong. Fragrant from start to finish. I wanted to avoid reviewing this for a while too because there’s more for me if you don’t order it…
Steep 1: osmanthus nose maybe slightly nutty, fragrant milky taste and texture. Opposite of mouth drying (wetness?), this is beautiful.
2: delicate milk taste and “wetness” continuing.
3-5: sweetness starts to emerge even more, the leaves are fully unfurled.
6-9: just…perfume. Delicious and you taste it mostly in your nose and sweet in the back of your throat afterwards
10: time to switch minutes-long power steeping. The last one I admittedly forgot about, and came back 5 minutes later and surprised to find a brew that tasted faintly of my mom’s lemongrass tea. A great way to wrap up the session.
Flavors: Cream, Floral, Jasmine, Lemongrass, Osmanthus