I think this is a masterful job of roasted oolong in that the roast is very slight. Don’t get me wrong, heavily roasted, charcoal-y oolongs are some of my favorites. However, this one was done I think with an eye on balance. It sits right in that in between space where every sip I’m left wondering what I tasted more: the roast or the florals.
Where you DO get a lot of the charcoal is on the scent of the brewed/wet leaves. Smells delightful.
No matter which way this tea leans, it carries with it a creamy nuttiness that I adore. Very smooth and tasty.
Now on the second steep, more of the roasted flavors become a bit more dominant. I’m interested to see if this swings back to more floral after a few more steeps.
After about 6 steeps, I should say that this tea does end up tipping into the more roasted column. Which is A-ok with me. But it isn’t too heavy handed. A really solid tea overall.
Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Nutty, Roasted