Another well balanced if a bit shallow tea from Red Blossom Tea, but this one is much more to my taste and has a bit more to offer than the last.
I followed their brewing instructions of light leaf and a starting steep of 1min 20sec, adding 30 seconds each round up, to a final (8th) brew at 4min 50sec.
The aroma of the leaves after a rinse is that of burnt sugar, raspberry, and tobacco. The tea has a light, smooth body throughout the session. The flavor begins with notes of toffee and a melange of fruit. There’s a refreshing, crisp minerality like drinking water straight out of a spring that acts as the base thoughout my tasting.
By the third steeping the roast seems to have mostly washed away and took the toffee flavor with it, leaving the mineral, fruit, and making room for some snap pea flavor.
On the fifth steeping some cooling spice starts to appear, like sweet cinnamon and mint. The session finishes with a cherry scent and a white grape flavor.
This was a pleasant, enjoyable, and refreshing cup but not something I could see myself restocking (especially at the price they’re charging). While I wish there were more depth to the teas of theirs I own, I commend how well balanced their roasts are — just enough to bring some more character out of the tea but not so much that it has a biting smoke flavor or overwhelms the natural character of the tea.
I have enough of this left that down the road I’ll probably play around with a higher leaf/quicker infusion session to see if there’s anything more to find.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cherry, Cinnamon, Fruity, Mineral, Mint, Raspberry, Soybean, Tobacco, Toffee, White Grapes