Dry leaf – HERBAL, SPICE, HONEY (fragrant and bitter green herbal like dill, cilantro; dry baking spice: cinnamon, allspice; hints of Mexican hot chocolate and vanilla extract). In preheated vessel – rich fragrant floral, honeysuckle, bitter honey
Smell – VEGETAL, HONEY (bitter green, bitter honey, herbal notes still there)
Taste – VEGETAL, HERBAL, FRUIT, SWEET. Arrival has dill, cilantro, buttered lima beans, and honeysuckle. Development of cream, cinnamon, and fragrant floral (orchid maybe?). Finish lingers on cream, cinnamon, and green apple notes. Aftertaste of peach and green apple, with lingering creamy sweetness.
It’s called Hairy Crab, and I bought it because the name made me laugh. Also, it’s cheap. Better yet, it’s good. Lots of great flavors, it’s dynamic in the mouth and throughout the session.
Nice balance of green/vegetal/herbal notes with sweet notes of honey and fruit. The creaminess and “spiciness” of it were nice surprises as well. Never unpleasantly bitter or “green” or just overly vegetal as many green oolongs can be. Strong hui gan that is refreshing and satisfying.
Price to quality ratio on this one can’t be beat. Great choice for an affordable and delicious oolong.