Distinctly charcoal toasted, slightly sweet with pleasantly toasty grain notes. The smell/taste of the brew reminds me of chewing tobacco and marijuana smoke. Notes of minerals/dust are joined with roasted grains, tea tannins, and a heavy mouthfeel. The sweetness really comes in during the second and third steeps where the charcoal notes outweigh the sweet toastyness. Normally the toasted flavour brings the sweetness, but in this case I feel like the base tea would have produced some sweetness regardless of how it was preserved/processed. This is a very high quality oolong and I recommend it to everyone who enjoys charcoal roasted oolongs. It is quite complex and is best enjoyed through multiple steeps.
Unfortunately I’m not a fan of charcoal roasted oolongs because there is that touch of char/smoke I find unpleasant. That isn’t the tea’s fault, though, so I’m going to rate it with that in mind.
Flavors: Cannabis, Char, Dust, Grain, Heavy, Mineral, Roasted, Sweet, Tannin, Tea, Toasted, Toasty, Tobacco