I put aside enough time over the weekend to brew a kung fu session of this tea. The dried leaves lure you in with some fresh grass and floral notes. Just like the instructions on Teance, I didn’t give it a rinse, and the first brew was relatively flat with faint hint of the honey huigan in the back of the throat. Starting in the second steep, it starts to come into its own with an assertive honey and floral note, with crisp and clean texture in the mouth. The huigan flavor is consistent through to the fifth steep, with the sixth steep starting to fade a little bit. I am sure I could have prolong the session with a longer steep after the 6th round, but I called it a wrap and moved on.
Overall, it was pleasant tea to drink on a weekend afternoon. According to Teance, this is a charcoal roasted tea, though it must be very lightly roasted because I didn’t get any of the full body or subtle complexity that I would expected from a medium or high roast level tea. I can see it as a good intro to oolong, one you can drink while relaxing and share a nice conversation with friends gathered around.
Flavors: Floral, Grass, Honey