I am drinking this gongfu style for the first time out of my new cup… which I am also drinking out of for the first time (found here: https://yunnansourcing.com/products/pure-silver-999-and-hardwood-cup-30ml ). I’ve had my eye on that cup for a while. It is just so pretty. It reminds me of a coconut. I don’t know how much of a flavor impact the silver has but I feel happier using it because of the aesthetics. ¯\(ツ)/¯
Back to the tea. This tea is reallllly good. It has a wonderful roast on it without being char or ashy. It is more like a caramelized flavor that comes through. My tea book club will be meeting next week to discuss Dark Matter by Blake Crouch and so this is one of the teas I picked to pair. It is not disappointing.
There are a lot of flavors going on here. I’m picking out roasted coffee, caramel, mineral, malt, and some fruit. Goes strong for at least 4 or 5 steeps. This is an overall really solid dark roasted wulong tea. If you are looking for a bash you over the head roast, this might not satisfy that desire. But I would (and soon will) gladly introduce more novice drinkers to this style using this tea.
Flavors: Caramel, Coffee, Malt, Mineral, Roasted, Stonefruits