The wonderful folks at ChanTeas graciously sent me a couple samples of tea! This is one I was quite excited to try.
As all TungTing (DongDing) teas I have had, the leaves are pretty small and tightly compressed. They look great, and smell fantastic.
There is a surprisingly green smell, like fresh grass, coming off the leaves. A woody background is present, as well as the lingering smell of stone fruit!
It is very relaxing and warming in its presentation and characteristics. This is exactly what I need at the moment. I need to bring myself back from stress and the hustle and bustle of everyday life for a college student and business owner.
Stone fruit, vanilla, roast, and a light scent of hazelnut complete the aromatic spectrum of this tea.
As for the flavor,
Lots of peaches.
A fresh, juicy peach.
The tea is smooth in texture, and does not have a heavy roasted flavor. A roast, to me, is meant to compliment and enhance the existing flavors. The roast on this tea is a great example of how to execute this properly.
The finish is clean.
Just a ghostly hint of the tea's character.
The sweet, peachy notes of the tea slowly recede as the session goes on.
And now, off to sample some coffee for business!
Perhaps a new alias is on the horizon...Sir William of the Bean...?
We shall see!
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