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I don’t go through much chamomile, although I keep some around for blending and medicinal purposes. This was a freebie sample in a little pyramid bag. Because it’s much fresher than what’s mouldering away in my pharmaceuticals section, the apple-compatible flavor is easy to detect. Usually, it doesn’t do a thing for me as a sleep inducer, although that effect would be very welcome this evening! (Cats’ nap schedules are off. I did not want to be roused by paw-alarm at 4:00 a.m.)
Has a nice smokey note a la lapsang souchon but way more in check. I like the nose. Palate is def astringent, kind of the “wall of tannins” that firmly stands in the way of subtlety. Needs some honey. Palate a letdown compared to nose but worth exploring this kind of tea. Steeped a second time and palate became more delicate but oomph of nose was lost. Instead of recommended 2-3 minute 1st steep I’ll try just 2 minutes next time.
Pretty light green gold in cup. Nice nose, more “mature” than gyokuro, more in oolong vein? Some summer night florals paired with savory congee notes on nose… even a bit of orchard blossom and ripe peach. Could swear this develops in the cup. Adagio says freshly roasted white corn, I can see it.