Well there is no time like the present!
Your query hasprompted me to open the Bush Lily.
DTH packaging has changed since my previous purchases, the leaves are perfectly unbroken in a Sealed foil packet with DTH branding, and varietal name on an applied sticky white label.
I used a 170ml Drop Ball of Chen's at 170 ml, 7.3 grams and infusions of 17 seconds, 26 seconds and 43 seconds (plus pour)
Nose into the pitcher / fair cup showed a fairly strong yet subdued aroma, and an initial taste impression the same.
All 3 brews were similar, the 3rd revealing more mineral notes.
General impression, pleasant, easy to brew, inoffensive with it's own personality - not an everyday tea for me, but a good one to have when one wants to try something different, or share a range of Oolong differentials with a friend or two.
The thing that stands out is a flavour that my palate can't quite identify. I once had a flower tea that I thought was disgusting, the unique personality of this tea has me casting my mind back to the flower tea, but this time I enjoy it!
It is a sort of dark green floral idea that flows through my mind whilst trying to find an adjective to label it with. Possibly chrysanthemum leaf
something that is suggestive of bitterness whilst not being bitter.
I am not familiar with Osmanthus or Bush Lily but can only presume that if I was then I too would use those adjectives.
It is amazing that so many different aromas and tastes can be coaxed out by different varietals in the hands of master tea makers and roasters. This seems to be on the light side in terms of oxidisation and roasting but packs good flavour.
I can only assume that is 100% genuine and has not been sat alongside Bush lilies whilst being made. Maybe not one that I would rush out to repurchase, but very happy with the purchase that I have made.
Now off to Read Gordon's notes to see how my impressions compare.