This is a very comforting tea with an interesting mouthfeel. The texture is sticky, buttery, quite thick and at times bubbly. Compared to most other hei cha on the market, it seems to also produce longer sessions.
In a preheated gaiwan, I get a peaty mineral scent. Once the leaves open up, there is a distinctive and unexpected banana aroma, complemented notes of wood, raisins, rice paper and parsley.
First infusion is sweet and woody, while the second tastes also of barley and licorice root. Third steep brings light plum tartness and subsequently the tea becomes quite mineral and herbaceous. Towards the end, however, the experience is dominated by sweetness that at times resembles winter honey.
In conlusion, the tea is easily one of the best fu zhuan I’ve tried. It is on the more expensive side of the spectrum, but the full body, moderately complex profile and good longevity justify its price for sure.
Flavors: Grain, Herbaceous, Honey, Licorice, Mineral, Parsley, Peat, Plum, Raisins, Rice, Sweet, Tart, Wood