Ready for a tea test?
Have someone pull up this tea before you look at the type and look at a picture -What did you guess?
I chose black. Wrong. This is an oolong.
While a bit confusing in just appearance, it actually makes sense once you take a look at the processing. This is yet another superb tea by AprTea.
No aroma notes to talk about in the dry leaf. Yet it still is a nice tea to look at. Whole leaves, dark chocolate in color. Twisted with care. The best flavor comes between a minute to three and a half minutes.
The aroma cup reveals scents of sweet honeysuckle mixed with other floral hints. Silky mouth-feel with a very slight astringency in the aftertaste if steeped longer than three minutes. If steeped longer then 6 minutes… don’t do that. Just don’t.
Luckily I save a cup from my previous steep the flavor starts sweet with a mix of floral flavors spring floral leads to summer floral the longer you steep it. Longer steeps also lead to introductions with earthy tones.
Want to Know More About This Tea?
Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Apr Tea
Fenghuang (Phoenix) Dancong Tea:The main origin place of Phoenix Dancong tea is Chaozhou Phoenix Mountain, it is rare high flavor famous tea whose natural floral tea is the most lofty, has most diverse floral types with mellow and sweet taste, special charm in our tea resources.
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I will be the first to admit it. I am intimidated by Puerh teas. But each and every time I have one, I love it. Not sure why I have this apprehension but I’m hoping this is the year I tear that wall down.
This particular puerh was a different bird all together from what I’ve had in the past. Instead of being tea leaves or a cake, the tea looked to be broken pieces of a cake. The smell of the tea instantly reminds me of sushi and my mouth starts to water. To really get all my senses involved with this tea, I went ahead and used my Wall Infuser Mug, scooped some tea into the mug and added some freshly prepped water. Probably not the proper way to enjoy this tea, but I wanted to prepare the tea in a more familiar way this first go.
After a few moments, I couldn’t resist the alluring tea anymore and had to take a sip. This tea. This tea is really good. And that is coming from someone that isn’t all that knowledgeable in the matters of darker teas. The first steeping really delivered this thicker sort of sweet liquid that I eagerly took down. Really delicious and not at all like the puerhs I’ve had in the past. The smell was similiar but that the taste. Gotta love a tea that smells like sushi but has a sweeter stonefruit taste.
The second steeping and additional steepings resulted in the same style of flavor. A sweetness with a thicker feel. Such a complete pleasure and such a wonderful tea to drink. I actually drank this tea for hours and just never felt that the leaves were fully exhausted of their flavor. Being the first rice scent puerh I’ve had, I’m hoping I can mimic this result with other varieties later on and even later this week with the remaining puerh I have.
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Puerh
Where to Buy: AprTea Mall
Tea Fossil: the soul of Pu’er tea, Ten years of pure dry storage, named as [broken silver], the aroma is very full, fast and lasting Gan Gan, long-lasting high foam resistance, can bubble more than 40 times, especially the taste: the entrance of thick rice soup incense. Can be described as the essence of tea!