Strong black tea aroma with stone fruits and lemon and caramel after 8s rinse. The aroma reminds me of brewing beer, a thick sweet wort, delicious.
Western style, 5g, 400ml enameled iron brew pot, 96C water, 40s first steep
Lemony tang with caramel, malt, licorice maybe down low, vanilla, very very smooth, weak tannins and no bitterness. Sweet aftertaste that lingers a bit. Flavor is nowhere near as bold as the aroma would suggest, but it isn’t weak or thin either. This is a very nice cup of tea.
Second and final steep at 70s brings out more of a musty old leather undertone, but only just, and it’s under the lemon, sweet, stone fruits and caramel. This steep brings out just a bit more zing at the back of the throat, but nothing else new as a flavor.
The flavor grows on me, over the course of an hour. I’m really impressed. I should try this with a smaller pot or gaiwan. The aroma starts to remind me of a classic southern sweet tea, lemon, black tea and a ton of sugar, but the flavor has just enough complexity to keep me coming back.
Flavors: Caramel, Leather, Lemon, Licorice, Malt, Stonefruit, Vanilla