Sampler Sunday! This is a tea from the Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox, so thank you to tea-sipper for organizing and all who were kind enough to share their teas! I know this is probably a tea that would shine best gong fu style, but again… I just rarely have time for that, so I brewed this western style, in my doubin teapot, to sip on while Todd and I “groupwatch” (over the Internet!) the new season of The Tick on Amazon Prime (while chatting our thoughts in realtime in a chatroom… it’s practically as good as sharing a couch!) I brewed the whole 3.8g sample in 550ml of 205F water for 3 minutes (and will likely resteep between episodes until either it or me gives up).
The tea steeps up a pale golden bronze color, and smells of malt and sweet and sour mandarin sauce. On the sip I’m getting a strong impression of mandarin orange; the tea is very smooth and sweet, with a bit of a honeyed note toward the end of the sip. It’s lightly malty with some very subtle smoky hints and a very faint peppery spicy note on the tip of the tongue at the finish. It has a faint mineral component, as well. It is tasty, but isn’t wowing me as strongly as other Chinese blacks I’ve tried; the age of the sample could easily be the case, since this was a Spring 2017 harvest. It’s certainly enjoyable for my Sunday Afternoon teatime, which I look forward to each week, and the tea accompanies the little mini croissant sammies I made very nicely!
Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Malt, Mineral, Orange, Pepper, Smoke, Smooth, Sweet