This is an interesting tea. The dry leaves are all rolled-up and snail shaped, with a blend of black and gold colours – I would say maybe 20-30% golden. The aroma of the dry leaf is pretty mild, maybe some sweet potato? But as soon as it starts steeping, the aroma gets really malty. And then about 1-2min into the steep, I started to get another aroma – kind of an earthy, tobacco-y thing? It tastes quite malty, with a bit of sweetness, maybe some notes of dried fruit, and that tobacco-y mystery flavour. This is a pretty robust black tea, reminds me a bit of an assam, actually. I think I might take it for a shorter first steep next time.

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Malt, Tobacco

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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Well it has been over a year and everyone I know thinks my tea obsession is a bit out of hand, so… I guess I’m not a total newbie anymore. :)

I’m drinking a lot more pure tea these days, though I still love a good flavoured blend too. Current favourites: Chinese and Taiwanese blacks, fresh Chinese greens, oolongs both green and roasted, sheng puer.

I really love companies that buy directly from tea farmers, and have an emphasis on quality and sustainability. Favourites: Verdant, Whispering Pines, Eco Cha, White 2 Tea. I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere, so I buy almost all my tea online.

For hot tea, I’m usually brewing in either a 100ml gaiwan, or a 10oz mug with a steeping basket. For cold tea, I cold brew overnight in 500ml mason jars.

My cupboard on Steepster doesn’t include small samples, just the ones I have at least 15g of. So if you see something you’re interested in, I probably have enough to share. :)


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