2 quick rinses…
Dry aroma. – very latex and rubber forward. Reminds me of going to get new shoes, the way new shoes smell.
1st steep – much like the aroma, rubber latex forward, tea still opening up…smooth.
2nd – yep. Its taste reminds me of payless shoes, or how the ball pit at McDonald’s use to smell…very rubber forward , mineral and iodine notes.
3rd – brews a clear, coffee, and ruby brown. Very pretty. I smell more of a malt base coming through. Taste is still heavy on the new Nike air forces. New shoes. No wood for me yet. I mean it may be there but the rubber latex is pretty upfront. For how dark, it is the tea is very much a medium, in the mouthfeel department. Nothing out of the ordinary for the style. As it cools there is some sweetness poking through. Almost prune.
4th – it gave up a little bit of color here. Ruby brown and clear. Almost no rubber plastic, new shoes aroma. Very traditional aroma. Sweetness has shown up to the party. A brown sugar /vanilla. cream. Very nice. Splenda. With a cooling on the exhale, as well as a little new shoes flavor. Haha. This is actually kinda fun.
5th – less sweetness, I guess in the brown sugar realm, more of a just splenda flavor. It’s like a hollow sweetness. Some rubber, new shoes, but it has taken a back seat at least. Some energy from the tea showing up, still subdued. Calming. Splenda is kind taking over where new shoes was leaving off. Very sweet. Rounding out as it cools.
6th – 8th lightening up. Splenda, sugar cane sweetness. Turbinado sugar. Very enjoyable. Like sweetened black tea, some back bone to it, not quite malt but it’s there. Continues with the sweetness. With what I can only say what is like a macadamia nut cookie like taste, nutty, vanilla, and a browning note. I love that flavor. Drinking like desert. Pleasant surprise. Some chocolate note, and honeydew melon.
Idk it has the burnt edge flavor of like a corner brownie, or a nice browned cookie bottom. That mallard reaction thing. Very good. All in all a good session. Surprising as it progressed. Idk if I’d buy it though, just unfortunate that the rubber latex sticks around like it does, as upfront as it is. Solid tea nonetheless.
I guess I’m not reviewing teas though. Only the experience I’m having with them really…
come watch my session with this tea! https://www.twitch.tv/videos/456931325
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Chocolate, Iodine, Malt, Medicinal, Melon, Mineral, Roasted Nuts, Vanilla, White Chocolate