This tea came to me in one of the 30 gram boxes which I think are intended for retail use. There was no date on the packaging telling me its age, but as the same product marked 2014 is available on Misty Peak’s website I assume it’s of the same vintage.
The leaf both dry and wet carries the scent of raisins or figs, and the big intact leaves and stems are aestheticly pleasing.
The soup is thick and syrupy, leaving a strong honey aroma in whatever holds it, even long after the liquid is gone.
The taste is well balanced between sweet and sour, not unlike one of my favorite green teas, a Mao Jain from Oregon Coffee and Tea in Corvallis, Oregon. The flavor throughout my sessions is fruity, reminding me of dried apple slices. I especially noticed this when bowl brewing only a few leaves. This is one tea that will go a long time before giving up, it was a challenge almost to see the leaves to the end.
The tea is drying to the palate and gives me a very blissful energy that I savor every time I come to it.
I feel like this would be a fantastic sheng to introduce my friends to, as it really does rise to the occasion, giving and giving until you just can’t drink any more.
Flavors: Apple, Apple Skins, Fruity