This tea has a lot of delicious going for it. Yes, it’s earthy, but also a hint smoky. It has an umami one finds in aged teas that lingers just enough on the tongue, but not in a syrupy way. I brewed with a gaiwan and started with two 15 second steeps at 95C. Provides a lovely tea drunkenness.
This one has a clean taste -- of earth --and to me almost approaches a bourbon-smoothness...not sweet but enough mellowness to be
"engaging"---that is, you definitely want "more" of it...to taste a uniqueness that only an aged tea can show....fascinating!! It DOES "refer back" to other Nantou dark teas I have tasted--in the BEST ways--with a slight hint of molasses, maybe?