Thank you to Mackie for this sample, and also the wonderful brewing session yesterday! I really needed some strong blacks to get me through my very long day today; I’m glad I had this in my bag to brew between classes.
1.5 tsp in hot (but not boiling) water, ~650 mL water used. No idea how long it steeped, however long it took me to walk between classes, I suppose (maybe 4 minutes?)
The loose leaf smells wonderful: cocoa, milk, and fruit.
The brew also smells nice, but mostly of rich cocoa and petrichor. It smells like hot chocolate. :)
In terms of taste, this has plenty of flavor without being bitter or overly tannic. Most notably, the roasted cocoa or coffee bean flavor (dark bittersweet chocolate, roasted aromatic coffee beans), plenty of tannins, maybe a bit of milk (but not malty/grain). I would not describe this tea as fruity as others have, but it is definitely rich and aromatic.
I’m going to be buying this in my next Yunnan order for sure! I love the rich dark chocolate flavor.
Flavors: Cocoa, Coffee, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Milk, petrichor, Tannin