Got this as a sample from the $5 sample deal a while back, haven’t had the urge to try it with the prompt ensuing hong storm until now. Approximately 6 grams of leaf in here, I’d say, the leaf looking suitably “wild” and flyaway in appearance, being almost completely intact and only slightly twisted leaves. Kind of reminds me of wuyi in appearance, except not roasted, and attractively speckled with lighter colors in the leaves. I dumped it all in my 100 ml gaiwan and poured boiling-ish water over the sucker.
It is more aromatic and floral than I expect from black, which is reflected in the taste as well as on the inhale. Mild flavored malt, some astringency in the background to match the higher notes and flavors, there isn’t much bitterness to this one, but there is more of a green-ish bite than I would have expected from a black. Overall lighter than I expected, but it was interesting and pretty good. Not really my favorite flavor profile, though.
Flavors: Drying, Flowers, Malt, Mineral