This is hands-down one of the strangest teas we have ever come across, and are very excited to offer. It is truly a wild, heirloom cultivar of dancong oolong. If one looks closely at the leaves, one can notice a difference in the shape and veins when compared to regular dancong oolong leaves. This tea, in turn, delivers an experience utterly unique.
Right off the dry leaves comes a strong aroma of brown sugar and burdock. The leaves are loosely processed, unroasted, and show clear evidence of aging. When brewed, the first few infusions are a thick rich amber, though the strength of this tea dies rather quickly, peaking around the third infusion and ending around the sixth or seventh.
The rooty, herbal aroma strengthens when the leaves are wetted, turning the brown sugar into something a little more subdued and syrupy. The brew has a very curious blend of herbal sweetness with a slight bitterness around the edges of the tongue, an instant and deep huigan that lasts for several minutes, and a strange mentholating sensation lingering on the tongue.
While this tea is a curio to drink, it is also very mellow. We’ve drank several sessions of this tea late at night with tea friends here in China, always with great results.