This is my first session with Tie Luo Han Wuyi.I started the session yesterday and am finishing the remaining steeps this morning. Perfect companion on an autumn morning. Dried leaves have a refreshing, layed roasted scent. Wet leaves reveal a combination of subtle aromas—roasted sweet grain, Sumatra coffee grounds, wild blueberry and leather. The tea soup is a deep orange and very clear.
Flavors mirror the aroma with perhaps more molasses and mineral sweetness. What makes this tea a treat is its fullness in the mouth and throat—it’s very throaty! The sweet mineral aftertaste lasts for a while.
It’s quite complex to say the least, almost seductive. YS description says the leaves are lightly processed, but I’m seeing very dark roasted leaves in my gaiwan even after the 9th steep. I’m storing this tea in a yixing jar I brought back with me from Ma Lian Dao in Beijing (China’s Disney Land for tea lovers).