This tea is much darker than I remember! It’s sharp too – a bitterness that is very coffee-esque. This would definitely slap me awake in the morning. Very woodsy scent in the dry leaf, very smoky in the warmed kyusu, and a “burnt toast” smell in the wet leaf.

Full bodied. Left a nice mouth feel. Not sure if the lingering sweetness is from this or the sencha I drank earlier. I wish I had more to experiment with, but I don’t. I don’t think I’d order more Amber, but I would definitely drink more if it was offered to me.

Flavors: Burnt, Cedar, Coffee, Fish Broth, Mushrooms, Roasted Nuts, Smoke, Toast

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My first adventures in tea were unpleasant. After years of frowning at burnt/oversteeped teas, a chocolate tea my mother picked up in San Francisco changed everything.

Now I mostly drink Japanese greens and oolongs, while also trying to sip down a stash of flavored blends.

Note: I am employed in the cafe and tea industry. All of my opinions are my own, and not representative of the views of my employers.


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