I recently received this from Taiwan tea crafts and decided to brew it up today for my first tasting. Its a very dark aged smoked oolong tea from Taiwan. After giving it a very quick rinse, I tasted the wash, and it had light smokey qualities before dumping the rest. There was very little dust so I decided one wash was sufficient.
First infusion was about 35 seconds to give the leaves a little time to open up. I got a medium dark liquor actually a little darker than what was shown in their picture, and the most wonderful smokey, caramel aroma. I did brew it in a yixing so that might have darkened it slightly. It was also sweet and earthy, and it had the most wonderful mouth watering aftertaste, that you only really get on good oolongs.
Second infusion was slightly darker and the flavors and aroma’s richer and more pronounced. A bit of nuttiness creeped in at this point as well, the flavor is rich and smooth and very nice.
The third infusion got darker still but the flavors and aroma’s slightly got weaker, it was still very drinkable and pleasant, and I think this tea has quite a few more infusions left to give. I do love that about oolong’s its staying power. The lovely aftertaste is still there as well.
This is a very reasonably priced tea for an aged tea, and is just utterly delicious, I highly recommend this tea!
Flavors: Caramel, Char, Earth, Smoke, Sweet