From the Samurai TTB
I debated on wether to brew half of this little pouch, but since there wasn’t a way to reseal it, and I do like a strong cup, I dumped the 2 tsp into a 10 oz mug for a first steep. The wet leaf smells like tobacco, and there is a smokiness to this cup. It reminds me a bit of the Colombian tea I got from Upton, only smoother. There is a pleasant astringency to the tobacco/smoky notes and it certainly is different from any Assam I’ve tasted. As the first steep cools, I am getting a slight malty, sweet note.
The second steep is a bit disappointing as it’s just a weaker version of the first steep and the malty note has vanished.
On the whole a nice cup of tea and thanks to whomever added it to the box.

Flavors: Astringent, Burnt, Malt, Smoke, Tobacco

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I started drinking more tea about 10 years ago when I found that even my half -caf coffee was making me jittery and then sleepy after the caffeine wore off. While I started out with mostly Teavana, but soon expanded my tea cupboard to include lapsang souchon, pu-erh, Assam, and other strong black teas. I do enjoy oolongs, green, and other teas, as well as a nice tisane for an evening cuppa.
I’m not fond of jasmine or bergamont teas, though I’ll try anything once.
I am an avid traveler, hiker, soccer player/watcher.
I love trying new tea in new places, if you see something in my cupboard you want to try, hit me up for a swap!


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