So it turns out that I had another of the Red Blossom Phoenix oolongs in my collection. Cool.
In the packet it has a sharp, dark oolong smell that has some roasty-toasty elements but also a metallic/rock one.
Gaiwan. Rinse. 195F, 15 seconds plus five for each subsequent steep.
It’s an apricot color and clear, and definitely has honey notes in the aroma and flavor. I also get something that’s a little like rice? On the first couple of steeps I don’t get anything particularly floral, but there is something fruity. When I first saw someone else’s note about passion fruit I was skeptical, but it actually could be that!
Also, there are hints of something nutty in the later steeps.
It’s a very interesting and complex little tea. I can imagine it being the sort of thing you can taste differences in depending upon when you drink it, whether you’ve had other teas or food earlier in the day, and other factors.
Rating it the same as the almond version. It is different — more subtle, more complex — but I like them about the same.
Flavors: Honey, Metallic, Nutty, Passion Fruit, Rice, Roasted, Toasty, Wet Rocks