Vallhallow Trade #4. Oh, the earthy goodness! Slightly smoky (which increases with steep time). Smooth mouthfeel with barely any astringency. Hardwood notes. There is a bit of bitterness that pops up as you steep longer. It is not unpleasant but I can’t say I enjoy it either. I need to go smell more wood because I can’t quite put my finger on what this reminds me of. Probably closer to oak with a bit of cedar mixed in. Walnut maybe? And a hint of malt. The leaves are gorgeous. Dark brown when dry, chocolate brown with hints of red when steeped. There’s a slight briskness to it that would pair well with milk drinkers.