Pulled out another tea from Dark Matter 2016 to try today. It’s nice to get back to some quality straight blacks, after all the heavily flavoured stuff I’ve been drinking recently, and these are some quality.
While brewing, the scent is strongly chocolate and malty. Like yesterday’s Pine Needle, though, the flavour is a little different. There are chocolate and malt notes, but the first thing I noticed, right up front, was a quite distinctive nuttiness – hazelnut, to be specific. After that there’s sweet, rich chocolate and even sweeter malt, with just a touch of honey. Like honey, it’s super-smooth – a great drinking experience.
This is another one I could drink happily all day, and I’ll probably take it through a few steeps before I call it quits. Teas like this remind me why blacks are generally my favourite.