[Spring 2021 harvest]
This tea is sweeter and has fewer bourbon notes than one of my favourite black teas – the Yunnan Sourcing’s Feng Qing Yesheng Hong Cha. I have a sense this one has slightly higher oxidation level, but otherwise they are actually quite similar. The YS offering is cheaper, but when taxes and shipping to EU are accounted for, the difference is not as drastic.
The aftertaste is amazing here – it is very throat-biting and engaging. The flavours of resin, citrus zest, passion fruit and others linger and evolve for a while. There is also that bitterness characteristic for this varietal.
The mouthfeel is pleasant, but a little boring – there isn’t anything bad about it, it’s just not the selling point.
Flavors: Biting, Bitter, Caramel, Citrus Zest, Dried Fruit, Grapes, Molasses, Musty, Passion Fruit, Pleasantly Sour, Resin, Sweet