Roasted teas tend to have medium or heavy-body liquor, but our Sumatra keeps a light and sunny body. The hue of the steeped leaf is an inviting and rich forest green, with only a slight reddish tinge to accentuate. The fragrance recalls chocolate and an earthy richness. Notes include citrus mingled with chestnuts lower in the palate. The aftertaste is ever so slightly dry and we recommend pairing this tea with a meal; the liquor is flavorful but never overpowering.
Steep between 90c and 95c with 3g per 100ml. Lower water temperatures will keep the body light and the liquor golden and citrus-like, while higher water temperatures will bring out a medium body and nutty notes, similar to a more standard roasted oolong. We've found this tea particularly tolerant to many different types of teaware, whether using a larger "dinner table" sized glass teapot holding four cups, yixing clay, or a traditional ceramic gaiwan.