This was a sample that came with my order and It took me so long to get to it.I prefer lighter oolongs which is why I put off trying this dark roasted oolong for so long.
Harvest: May 2019.
The washed tea leaves smelled malty and a lot like stewed or steam banana leaf. There was a faint smell of brown sugar as well. I brewed this gongfu style.
1st infusion ~25 sec
Creamy and smooth. Honey and stone fruit flavor
2nd infusion ~ 20 sec
floral notes came out and over took the foreground. Very smooth.
3rd infusion ~20 sec
The fruit notes started to take over this infusion starting to get sweeter
4th infusion ~20 sec
5th infusion ~ 25 sec
more astringent and drying mouth feel. The honey like taste starting to go away
6th infusion ~ 30 sec
7th infusion ~35 sec
More of the floral notes staying
8th infusion ~ 40 sec
9th infusion ~ 1 minute
- astringent and floral
10th infusion – let it sit there for a while.
The sweetness of this tea really started to come out after the second infusion and it really improved from there.
Flavors: Floral, Honey, Nutty, Stonefruit