This is another offering from Arbor Teas.
My first experience with a Huang Shan Mao Feng was a less than positive experience.
I bought a sample pack from a company I will not mention. It was a pack of the Top Ten Famous Teas from China.
This was one of the teas included in this pack.
I was just venturing into the tea world at the time and I had only read a few books and experimented with a few teas.
When I brewed this tea, I found it to be much to earthy, a bit bitter, and almost smokey.
I do not remember if this was due to my lack of brewing capabilities, or to the fact that this may have not been a very well prepared tea.
In either case, I was cautious whenever I ran across a tea like such.
This tea has changed my mind quite a bit.
The dry leaf emitted the aromas of almond, pine and cocoa.
Almond and pine were somewhat expected. Cocoa threw me a curve.
from the cup, there was a light aroma. There was a floral aspect to it; lavender.
Nutty aspects paired well with woodsy evergreen.
A fresh, well balanced astringency took hold of my mouth.
The liquor left me with a sweet and sour, green apple trait.
The infusions were drawn out much past my expectancy.
Hay became a pronounced flavor in the latter infusions.
To end the session; smooth butter.
A great finale to a somewhat simplistic tea.
This tea treated me to a wonderful session; a getaway.
Da Yu Ling, winter 2015
6 hours ago