This is a very savoury tea. The way the leaves were processed releases taste and caffeine faster than whole leaves do, I think, but it does not lead them to behave like cut leaves. There’s a deep bitterness that lingers on the tongue, but also some autumn leaf and honey taste, and a fair amount of malt.
I’m not entirely sure what to make of it, honestly. It’s slightly milder steeped Western-style than in gongfu, but that odd bitterness is still present. It isn’t the tannic bitterness one often gets with black tea. At any rate, despite being slightly puzzled by it, I like this tea.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Honey, Malt, Raisins