Well, to be honest this one did not start off very well with me at all, at first I was really disappointed I thought this was going to be the worst tea I've had just by the scent of the leaves dry, Smelling them dry all I could think was "chemicals?" I wasn't sure what I was smelling, after first steep and leaves were wet I realized that the "chemical" scent I thought I was getting was more like "camphor" instead much like some scents and flavors that I get from puerhs. Ok then my first cup the first taste of this was "horrible" I really hate to use such a word as "horrible" but thats all I could think, very camphorlike and I quickly noticed the "scorched/burned" taste of this tea, I tasted like this tea was "overbaked/roasted" (I brewed it at 185F so I wouldn't scorch it myself) so it was just the initial taste of this tea that was "burned", I also noticed a very smokey flavor to this tea not quite like a lapsang but more like a smokey "gunpowder" (I think some one else said that too in a review here). After about 4 steeps( BTW at this point there are pretty much flash steeps, very short) this Tea finally starts to mellow out and take on more roasty, toasty flavors rather than just burned flavors with some nutty tones, still smokeyness and only the after taste is slight "scorched" tasting.(Lance suggested putting some sweetener in it so I put some sugar crystals from butiki tea in there, it was not bad at all gave it a nice sweet flavor and brought out nutty tones but at this point it still didn't help that little burned flavor, but it was nice). At about 6 steeps this tea turns very nice wonderfully flavorful smokey with some roasty nutty notes getting naturally sweet NO MORE BURNED flavors(after 5 steeps lol) Super good!
Steep 9 I pour on my water and it still turns dark right away, its not going to give up anytime soon, Different, this time no nuttyness, more smokiness and very nice, almost how you would imagine a really nice Oolong and Smoked Lapsang blend, perfection. The aroma of the wet leaves is still very "camphor" like.
Steep 10 ok perhaps I steeped it a tad long this time( a very short almost flash steep was needed but i was looking at the computer lol) the smokiness is heavier and the slight burned flavor is back but not so bad tastes almost like a Smoked Lapsang now lol nuttiness is back now tho and it is quite pleasant, smell like Oolong in the cup but Lapsang in the gaiwan .
Steep 11 Omg! same deal as steep 9 steeps up dark right away still I like this teas endurance, same basic flavors as steep 9 smokey and nice but with some nuttiness again and natural sweetness coming thru again, honestly kinda PUERHish in some ways.
Aged Oolong Tea
5 of 5 Stars
by Tommy M.