This is a tasting note two-fer as I wanted to try this and the 2014 harvest on different days but steeped exactly the same. I even steeped them in a tea bag instead of the infusers, in case the infusers are changing things. I bought new pouches of the 2014 and 2017 in the same order. I could swear the 2014 and 2017 look (in both the leaves and light brown brew color result) and taste exactly the same (almost… like they are the same tea with different labels?) The leaves are very long and wiry with hints of gold. The steeps are so light in color. The flavor is fairly light too. Hints of honey and whatever flavor qualities that Laoshan black has, but much lighter. This tea is too light for me. If a tea is this light, it should certainly be much more complex than this.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 15 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep