Bitteleaf Teas

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Straightforward tobacco flavor but very good texture and finish. 2nd steep: Some dark spice in the nose. Tobacco, wood, and tar flavors, with hints of bitterness. Astringent in the finish. Good body. 3rd: The rich texture is the best part of this tea. Dark flavors, and rich finish. Pretty good cha qi. Several more good steeps.

I found the tea very interesting but a bit too dark for me. I would recommend it on an absolute basis, but I’m not sure it is a particularly good value at the price.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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This tea didn’t really taste like anything. There was smokiness and sourness, but it felt like the bones of another tea — there was no unexpected note, nothing that gave the tea life.

I used the remaining 8 grams of leaf from my sample and brewed it using a regular tea mug, but that was similarly underwhelming: at most I got a sense of something sweet and a little sour, but it felt like an approximation towards tea, and not the real thing.

Full review at: http://booksandtea.ca/2016/03/a-sneak-peak-at-bitterleaf-teas/

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