My first tea from West China Tea! I have several friends on IG who speak very highly about this company so I finally decided to play a big order from a bunch of samples to see what the hype was all about.
The tea leaf looks gorgeous – it’s spindly leaves scattered w/ gold tips. Mild aroma until hit with water, and then it’s a building bouquet of plum & oak wafting from the gaiwan. Deep red liquor, and a warming feeling very early on into the tea session compliments smooth notes of just slightly unripened plum & pine/oak woods. Late session is a touch more syrupy, with some red fruit & a fleeting flowery top note. More umami/earthy overall & not overly sweet or intense, this was a delightfully easy sipping tea that held up well when pushed!!
Is it the profile that I normally gravitate towards in a black tea? To be honest, not particularly – but for that flavour profile I do think it’s really beautiful and almost, in a way, understated. I don’t know that I feel like the name matches the flavour though; it’s pretty calm and gentle and “Gamma Ray” to me seems like it would convey some sort of punch or heavy impacting flavour.
I’m excited for the other black tea that I ordered – my snap impression here is that this was very good (even if possibly not my typical style) and I understand the love of it!