I picked this tea from my Yezi samples simply because of this line: “A brew of Gao Shan is ideal for firing you up on a dreary day when you could do with a burst of acceleration.” Okay, Yezi Tea, let’s see what you got…
Wow, these Yezi Teas are a kind of blowing my mind. I’m starting to think that any tea company that gives away free samples without even requiring you to purchase something, must have a lot faith in their product, and Yezi Teas is definitely evidence of that.
This tea isn’t super aromatic when dry, but once I steeped it and took the lid off of my glass steeper, my house was instantly filled with roasty honey and cocoa. It has similar notes as Laoshan Roasted Oolong. Once again, the Yezi website references smoky flavor, but I wouldn’t consider this smoky at all, but maybe I need to change my definition of smoke flavor to smoked meat flavor. This isn’t meat smokey at all, a slight hint of burnt toast maybe. It also describes the tea as a bittersweet. I get the sweet for sure, but the bitter is less of a bitter flavor and more of the tea just saying, “the end”. Nothing astringent about it, kind of like the flavor of a door closing, no lingering around. All around awesome.
I am in love with this company. Are they new? Or just new to me?