Li Shan Black is the first of three samples I received from Green Terrace Teas to review. I am out of town visiting my sisters this weekend and while I had tea, I didn’t have the hardware to brew gong fu style as recommended by Green Terrace. So I improvised.
A sniff of the dry leaf in the bag is a big malty, fruity nose-bomb. As these are two of my favorite things in a tea, I was hopeful the brewed tea would taste the way it smells and it did not disappoint.
Using just-off boiling water, we started with 1 minute steeps increasing 30 seconds and went through 5 steeps.
The first steep was malty, with honey-rose scent and a flavor we all likened to apricots. Subsequent steeps continued to provide a sweet, smooth ride. There is no astringency here, just an extremely balanced sweet and fruity medium-bodied cup.
There was a delicious floral scent that we all eventually identified as rose. It was very prominent in the later steeps. The honey note changed for me to a bit more brown sugar in the last couple of steeps, while remaining honey-flavored for my sisters.
We enjoyed this one a lot and I would/will purchase some of this. I can see it as a lovely afternoon break while listening to something smoooooth – like Jim Reeves.