The loosely ball-rolled leaves are deep chestnut brown with a light woody-sweet aroma. When infused, they produce a reddish honey-amber liquor with toasty, fruity elements in the nose. Because of the long, slow, careful roasting process, the medium bodied infusion presents a balance between the flavor of toasted (not smoky or burned) barley, and the underlying sweet, woody, fruity flavors and aromas naturally produced by the Tie Guan Yin tea plant variety. The finish is sweet and long lasting with elements of dried stonefruit and just a hint of cocoa at the end.
These young buds
have been painstakingly hand-picked and simply dried to create a lovely
silver needles style white tea. This minimal processing creates a finished tea with a crystal clear,
pale yellow infusion and a sweet aroma reminiscent of newly dried straw.
The liquor is light-bodied with a hay-like sweetness, mild floral notes
and a touch of summery stonefruit in the finish.
This exquisite medium-light roast oolong tea was grown and processed in
the famous Li Shan (Pear Mountain) growing region, and it was
roasted/finished in the Taipei area by a specialized tea roaster. To
our taste, it represents a near-perfect union of impeccably grown and
processed high mountain tea leaves and expert finishing by a true master of the art of roasting
tea. When infused, it produces a moderately full bodied liquor that
boasts distinctive, lightly citrus-tinged sweet, floral notes
complemented beautifully by a lightly caramelized sweetness from the
careful roasting process in the lovely, long-lasting bittersweet finish.
The very clear, amber liquor is classic Xiaguan with a moderately thick mouthfeel & clean flavor profile that comes across without the smokiness often associated with (some) more modern Xiaguan products. This tea has a nice, mouth-watering astringency, slight peppery flavor and a fantastically long lasting bittersweet aftertaste. Obviously clean storage conditions.