The color of the infusion is light gold. Clarity is good.
The smells are typical of very good light oxidized Gao Shan Oolong: light flower smells, cut grass, candies. The light oxidation is like a mix of the vegetable, grassy smell of green tea, and the sweeter, light lily flower smell of a more oxidized Oolong. These 2 facets appear differently over the different brews and depending on the infusion time. That's why it's always both a challenge and a wonder to brew such a Baozhong, because each cup will be different a little different from the other.
Since this Baozhong is based on the luanze Oolong cultivar, the aftertaste is particularly long. Before that, the taste is mostly sweet. I feel a gentle tingle on my tongue and this makes me salivate just under my cheecks. Some tannins fulfill my whole mouth and they turn dry and sweet. I also realize the cooling effect of this light oxidized Baozhong - no wonder I've been reaching for it often during those last days when the temperature reached summer season levels-. And because of its light oxidation, I recommend to drink this Baozhong on a (partially) full stomach.
Price level: same as Top grade Baozhong from 2006. 1 size: vacuum sealed packs of 150 gr.