Thunderstruck (雷公打, Léigōng Dǎ, "Struck by Leigong, the Chinese God of Thunder") - According to local legend, this Phoenix Oolong, originally an 8 Immortals plant, was struck by lightning nearly 100 years ago. While half of the plant died, the other half remained but with altered Qi and has since been cloned many times over. Our version is the tea from the 2nd and 3rd generation clones. The demi-sweet fragrance of this tea is similar to that of kettle-corn and translates into a fuller sweetness in the after-fragrance; a slight buttery savor in the mouthfeel; and hints of toffee, brûléed apricot, and grape jus. While the flavor profile is recognizably similar to 8 Immortals, the Qi is far more clarifying and crown centric and can also be electric and unpredictable.
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I was gifted some of this wonderful Oolong, and i am very thankful to the person who gave it to me. The aroma in the bag is slightly sweet and smoky, with notes of plum and blackberry. It's not as sweet tasting, but the dark fruit flavors are much more pronounced. It steeps and steeps too, and I'll often go most of a night on a single dose. Definitely on list of favorite teas.
This was my first tea from the realm of premium teas, and I can honestly say I am forever converted! Never again will I be buying again "off the rack". This was a beautifully flavorful, robust, yet elegant tea. And very generous - I lost count of the steepings as my friend and I enjoyed its electric qi!
One of the best oolongs I've ever had, I can't recommend it enough, I got eleven infusions out of it!
Smells strongly of juicy pungent grapes, berries, or plums. The taste is similar but has a quality reminiscent of semi dry red wine.