This tea is really good. The first note I found in this tea was the roasted note. This is however, not an over roasted oolong. The roasted note was strong in the first steep and began to dissipate by the second steep. There was another note behind the roasted note a sweet note, not sure how to describe it. This tea is inexpensive as Da Hong Paos go at $12.98 for 50g. This is quite a bargain because it is that good. I am decidedly not a fan of over roasted tea and I really liked this. Streetshop88 generally calls their top line of teas ‘nonpareil’ and this seems like a quality tea to me. I don’t doubt that Whispering Pines Da Hong Pao is better but this is incredibly good for the price. It is extremely tasty and very much a bargain.
I steeped this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 8g leaf and 200 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. It still held a nice color at eight steeps. Had I wanted to continue I’m sure I could have gotten about four more steeps out of it.
Flavors: Roasted, Sweet