I believe this is the first tea I bought from Taobao that I have reviewed.
I used my 150ml easy-pour gaiwan with about 5 -6 grams of dry tea. Small amount of Stevia added.
This morning I opened the package and brewed it up. So far (we have done two steepings) it is everything I was expecting in a fresh dianhong. The dry tea is beautiful (although there is more black in the tea leaves than in the pictures) and aromatic (the tea in the package was brimming with freshness and smelled a lot like a fresh spring green tea). The tea liquor is not only flavorful but my wife and I both agree it is very smooth; there is some subtle ‘thing’ missing in the flavor that I have experienced in most Chinese read teas, something best left out: it is as if the flavor is unencumbered and can move freely and effortlessly about to surprise and delight me at will (I hope to nail this down a little better later). The tea liquor has a gorgeous caramel color, and it looks to me to have an oily texture (just as the description mentions). Glancing at the wet leaves, they seem to be predominately, if not completely, buds.
I had such a positive experience with Tea it inspired me to write about it. I plan to write more sometime later.
This is definitely a tea worth sharing with others.
Oh, and I love the tin it came in (it’s different than the one on the website).