Wow is all I can say to this tea. True traditional Tieguanyins are a rarity these days and its such a shame. What this tea delivers is incredible complexity. Opening the bag and the smell is a traditional heavily roasted oolong. Some sweetness and surprisingly limited to no hint remaining of the charcoal roast.
Brewing is where this tea opens up. The smell becomes almost like a white wine and oak competing for attention. Each steep the taste is very different from the last but throughout it remains lightly sweet with fruit undertones. I can't help but think its as if someone roasted grapes over a fire and somehow tempered their sweetness and the smokiness of the fire.
It's a joy to drink.
I have noticed that the tea is very sensitive to the brewing vessel and temperature at consumption, far more than the average oolong. Brewed in unglazed clay and drunk in glass there is an extremely thick body. Brewed in glazed clay and drunk in porcelain this thick body is missing. Letting the tea cool also brings significantly more sweetness forward.