Victoria was kind enough to send me the Taiwanese mountain Da Yu Ling sample along with the well packed tea gong fu tea set i recently took off her hands. Supposedly there is no more of this to be had, so ...thanks!
She got it from Tea Masters and Stephane reviews it here better than I could:http://teamasters.blogspot.com/2010/05/ ... dieux.html
Unless you can read French, you may want to have Google translate it for you.
The tightly compressed tea balls are a bright jade and have a faint fresh scent. With gong fu brewing, it releases a pleasing vegetal, hoppy aroma. I only used about 15-20 pellets but through the various seepings, they expanded to fill my little gaiwan pot. Infusion after infusion this oolong produced very drinkable liquors, never once getting bitter even after extended soakings. The longer ones did produce more of a tingle at the back of my throat when drinking them though.
The color of the tea is a lively straw yellow, though not as bright as my over-saturated photos. The taste again is a very pleasant fresh, vegetal one, with floral notes after swallowing. It has a nice body and mouth feel, and the aftertaste is slightly metallic though not overt, and lingers for a while. I quit seeping after 11 infusions, though the tea may have been able to go farther.