This one is from Ost a while ago now. Thanks, Ost! Sadly has a ‘drink by 2016’ on the bag, but we’ll see how it goes. I’ve had this a few times and think it’s best at this point with two teaspoons. The leaves are large with only hints of the namesake gold. The flavor most reminds me of a Fujian black and then forgot that this IS a Fujian tea (face smack)— cocoa powder with a hint of smoke but also something that can remind me of lychee (so not really that much of a Fujian black in flavor, I don’t normally get lychee with those). The second cup is more sour plum and rye bread, so the change is interesting. A malty, rustic tea, seems aged somehow (and I don’t mean from 2016) that seems perfect for this time of year. I liked how I steeped this, note to self. This seems to be holding up with age, but these poor What-cha teas certainly deserve better. I just checked and luckily other than this tea, it’s just some small What-cha oolong samples that comprise the What-cha part of my collection. I like samples. Samples are good.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for full mug // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep
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