Another tea I’ve had sitting in the back of my cabinet. Maybe since 2014 or 2015.
There’s not a lot I can say about this tea. The dry leaf aroma is sweet with notes of caramel and toffee and it pretty much sets your expectations right where they should be. Once you rinse the leaves there’s an aroma of smoke that joins the caramel and toffee.
Flavor is right there with the aroma. There’s a pleasantly unaggressive smokiness. The sweet notes of caramel, toffee, and a hint of pear are strong but not cloying. There’s a bitterness that hints at chocolate or a dark roast coffee. The tea has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel.
And that’s it. From the start of the session to the end. If those flavors are what you’re looking for this tea has some of the best balanced examples of them I’ve tasted, but there’s just not enough here for me to get excited about this tea.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Creamy, Pear, Smoke, Toffee