The dry smell is more floral than one could expect and it feels dry. This profile will change completely once this tea is heated up. My face was smacked with big dark flavors - this would be the stout of the teas with no doubt! There were raisins, malts and brown sugar. The first thing I said after sipping this tea was: dark sugar!
This time the flavors were less big than I remembered but still pleasant. I didn't get the same body thickness as at Mei Lan's place but received some more fruity flavors instead with just a bit of bitterness. The 4th steep was a long one and it turned out a bit more agressive and floral with now and then a hint of green grapes.
While my passion for these kind of teas is big, I still tend to struggle with the brewing proces. I'm not able to get consistent brews and lack the knowledge of steeping them in specific direction as I'm more capable of with rolled Taiwanese oolongs.
I still have a few red teas left to be reviewed so next posts will probably talk about these and make a nice comparison between different Taiwanese reds!
EDIT: Today (23/02/'13) I tried this tea again in my Mumyoi teapot and it turned out terrific! It was sweet and thick as in my memories at Mei Lan's place.
Wish you all a good weekend and see you next time. Underneath you can find a song of a Belgian band perfectly suited to drink with a cup of red tea.