This tea is part of Cozy Teapot Shop's Limited Edition Tea Collection. The packaging is wonderful, a beautiful copper tin, with double lid that guarantees that no air or moisture will be sneaking in to rob your tea of its flavor.
Upon opening the tin, you will be rewarded with lovely brown and green curled leaves, and an intriguing fragrance that is woodsy, floral, and fruity all at once. It is fun to watch these leaves brew, as they unfurl to coppery brown and sage green full and uncut leaves, creating a gorgeous light, coppery color liquid.
While I realize I’m about to sound a lot like the description provided by Cozy Teapot Shop, this flavor is indeed smooth and buttery, with hints of fruit and even some earthy floral notes, with very little astringency. The first infusion, in fact, I would say that there is no astringency at all, and in the two subsequent infusions (you can get three very flavorful infusions from the same measurement of leaves), there is but a whisper of astringency. This would make an excellent afternoon, or late afternoon tea.
The flavor of the tea does offer some natural sweetness, so if you’re one who likes a sweetened tea, taste it before you add the sweetener; you might find it right at your liking without that addition. As I’ve mentioned in numerous reviews, some sweetener does bring out the more gentle flavors of a tea (especially true for a flavored tea); however, in this tea’s case, I fear that a heavy hand with sweetener may kill some of the smooth richness of this tea.
While this tea would taste excellent iced, be aware that chilling a tea does often masque some of the flavors of a great tea such as this, so, I would recommend to enjoy it at its full potential and drink it hot. And this truly is a great tea, one of my new favorite Oolongs! I highly recommend seeking out your own tin today!