Got this as a sample from Upton. Before steeping smelled bold and a bit earthy to me. Smells very organic brewing- kinda like a forest with a lot of earth after the rain. The sent starts strong and a bit offensive to me but as it brews, it becomes gentler. Flavor is also earthy to me. Initial taste with a bitter quality. I did brew the full duration recommended. May try it next time a bit shorter. After taste is gentler.
So I’m drinking this at work. I’ve got to say, the scent is relaxing walking back to it after leaving the room. As it cools a bit, the initial bite is still strong but the aftertaste is satisfying. I really want to try this with a shorter steep next time. It’s a bit bold for me but holds a lot of promise.
Edit: as it cools, it becomes better. This would likely make a really good iced tea.
Edit 2: I routinely do a second brew on all leaf since I love seeing if it works, even if I expect it won’t. This one worked better then I expected. Ever so slightly softer but surprisingly similar to the first brew. Perhaps a bit more fig like.