Smooth and soothing – easily the top choice of words to describe this delicate black from the popular Fujian province. My favorite characteristic is the pretty contrast of colors – the thin leaves vary from a pale orange to deep brown. It’s very nice to look at.
The tea’s aroma has a sweet earthiness, with a hint of floral undertones. The smell is not prominent or overwhelming, which is appealing to fans of subtly. It brews a gorgeous amber-red that reminds me of autumn, and the taste does not fall far from that tree.
The tan yang gong fu is a medium-light bodied tea, with hints of cocoa and a light floral touch. The flavor lingers in your mouth for a few minutes after, but is far from acidic or astringent. It’s a nice overall tea experience – nothing crazy. Just a good cuppa for a cool morning or afternoon.
I love this tea hot – it’s not bad iced with a touch of honey, but definitely is made to be warm. I plan on saving the rest of my stash for the fall where I think it can be enjoyed to the fullest!