I received this as a sample from my last order from Verdant. They give a surprisingly large sample. It looks like at least 3 sessions worth of tea for the size of my gaiwan. I gave this a second long rinse and it really brews dark fast. The first steep was 3 seconds. The leaves and tea smell sweet and similar to a Yunnan black. It doesn’t have any smokiness, but has a slightly malty starchy flavor. Similar flavor to Laoshan Black, but less chocolaty and a sharper flavor. The flavor is really hard to pin down. It’s a very dry flavor, tasty in its own right, but very hard to pin down. The flavor doesn’t change too much during steepings, but it’s strength remains. It is also a very filling tea.
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 100 OZ / 2957 ML