The Sawtooth Lao Cong seems like a simple tea at first, but like being in a rowboat bobbing in a lake, there is an implied depth all around. Lao Cong means Old Tree, a designation of Phoenix oolongs denoting that the leaves were harvested from long-lifed trees. More durable and thick, the Lao Cong leaves carry deeper and more rounded out flavors. This particular tree is also an interesting varietal with unique physical characteristics. When you pull the leaves out of the pot to take a closer look, you’ll see that they are slight and slender. If you carefully unravel them, you’ll see their trademark jagged edges. When you smell the tea broth, you’ll catch a whiff of this varietal’s other trademark characteristic (and its other name), “Almond Aroma.” A sophisticated set of flavors and aromas come together in a fruity, sweet, semi-nutty expression reminiscent of almond. The sweet almond aroma is also prominent in the lingering charm (the persisting aftertaste of sweetness on the back of the throat). The almond qualities make for a very balanced tea, with both fruity and floral notes, aroma and mouthfeel, and energy that rises and sinks. I think you’ll enjoy it quite a bit.