Starting off with around 3-4g, 205F, 90ml with a 5s wash.
Very sweet honey smell from the lid and the leaves themselves do have a combined sweet potatoe, honey, pear, and rice pudding smells. Seems verdant isn’t lieing about flavours this time!
Steep times were as follows: 7s, 9s, 12s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 30s, 35s, 50s, 5 minutes.
First steep. Flavour is much different than standard chinese black teas. A very strong fruity / pear taste to it, follows up with a ‘rice pudding’, sweet potatoe, and honey taste.
Second steep. Very strong honey, fruit, and sweet potatoe flavour.
Third steep. Same as second, a bit stronger
Fourth steep. Raised temperature slightly and resulted in less taste! Seems that if I let temp drop to the 190’s or so, it should be good. lets find out fifth steep.
Fifth steep. Flavour starting to wane, but still maintains that honey-sweet potatoe aroma. I also just ate dinner so that could be a factor.
Sixth steep. Mainly a honey taste but it’s getting fainter. Will need to do longer steeps here.
Seventh steep. The honeyed sweet-potatoe is back! longer steeps gave a slightly stronger flavour than fifth steep, and definitely stronger than sixth.
Eight steep. Forgot I was steeping so this one went 5 mins or so. But for a final, long steep, no bitterness just sweetness. Can’t complain.
Overall a really delicoius and surprisingly sweet black tea. I think this tea will average around 5 or so steeps til the flavour starts the dwindle, but those five steeps are excellent.
Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Pear, Rice Pudding, Sweet Potatoes