I need some oolong to get me out of my funk, let’s hope old favorite Li Shan will do the trick. The aroma is sweet and buttery with a slightly spicy quality, like spicebush flowers, along with a touch of orchid. The brewed leaves smell spicy, buttery, and fairly mild, more green than floral. The liquid is buttery and sweet, like cream and a touch of spinach. Li Shan can be a complicated oolong sometimes, I think each one I have had has been similar yet different.
The taste, ah, that really does hit the spot! It is mellow and sweet on the first steeping, like honey with a bit of cream and a green quality. There is a bit of a stale, cardboard quality that I picked up once it got a bit chilled, so not going to do that with the second steep. Speaking of, it is pretty intensely floral which fades to buttery smoothness and greenness.