This is my first time tasting purple tea, and I am very happy with the results. I brewed this Gong Fu (208 deg F at 15s, 30, 45…etc)
The wet tea leaves smell of honey & raisins or molasses & plums/pluots with an undertone of minerals.
The color is a beautiful orange amber that darkens with each subsequent steep until it begins to wash out.
The broth is very smooth but complex. It starts off sweet on the tongue intermingled with a slight undercurrent of sourness that is pleasantly balanced out by the sweet. There are mild earth & malty flavors that don’t overpower the tea. If anything, this is a very well-balanced tea.
There’s a cha qi tingling on the tongue that goes straight to my head and relaxes the body. It’s got a wonderful mouthfeel, but it’s not that viscous. It’s quite an easy tea to drink. Despite having a clean/short finish, there is a lingering aftertaste of nectarines/peaches on the tongue
I’d be more than happy to drink more of this tea on a near daily basis if I didn’t have many other wonderful teas to drink.
Flavors: Earth, Honey, Malt, Mineral, Pleasantly Sour, Plums, Raisins