The Spring Arakai black tea is in many ways similar to the Summer Arakai black tea. First off, its delicious. Similar to the summer batch, it’s mildly malty with sweet fruited notes that dominate, with some floral-like perfume notes (quite oolong like! somewhere between dan cong and taiwan oolong) integrated. This, like the Summer, reminds me of a Taiwanese style black tea, while What-cha likens it to a Korean tea that I’m not familiar with (certainly makes me want to seek out the “Balhyocha teas” of Korea. The leaves of the Spring are whole, twisted, gangly, and well-structured, contrasting against the slightly more broken leaves of the Summer batch.
All-in-all, a really nice tea that is a slightly more refined version of the Summer Arakai with a bit more longevity and clarity.