Well now. What a treat.
I took this along to the Hospice with me this week, as they have an ace filtered water-heater, so I knew I’d be able to enjoy it properly. The other volunteers were really impressed by how the leaves looked and smelled – lovely long, slightly curly leaves with an amazing dark chocolate and baked bread smell. Heavenly.
The brews didn’t disappoint me either. An amazingly chocolatey, bready cup. It has an exceptional, dark, almost savour aroma that so deliciously compliments the golden-brown/mahogany liquor. I got through 3 or 4 steeps before I had to leave (and, unfortunately, had to throw out the leaves, which probably could have gone again once or twice more).
As with the Yunnan White Jasmine, I oversteeped the second and third cups a little (making them a little more bitter than they probably ought to have been). It was still delicious, though, and (if anything) made the tea a little more yeast/bread like, with wonderful honey notes – definitely not a problem! It just reinforced the lovely chocolate-in-the-bakery atmosphere this tea had already conjured up.
I just can’t fault this tea. Marvellous.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Dark Chocolate, Honey, Yeast