Thank you Liquid Proust for the sample! It kind of took me a while to get to it, but when I finally did I made sure to really get the most out of it that I could. I had a nice informal Gong Fu session with this one after work in the evening earlier in the week, and while I didn’t really go out of my way to pay attention to infusion times or the number of infusions I did I greatly enjoyed the tea itself – you were correct in saying that this is a truly phenomenal tea! I’m happy you passed it along.
As I drank this, I was reminded in a lot of ways of Butiki’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black which is naturally a very sweet tea as is this one. The two also share a lot of flavour notes such as raisin (but not overwhelmingly so), honey, malt, caramel, and baking bread. The biggest and most important note these two have in common, however, is sweet potato! That flavour in black tea just makes me weak in the knees. It’s divine in a way I can’t even begin to describe. Even just thinking about it now nearly has me drooling. And man, this tea certainly knew how to bring those sweet potato notes! Somewhere in the middle of my session, whatever infusion that was, I hit the sweet spot. The ‘sweet potato spot’, if you catch my drift. That’s a bad pun, ignore it.
It makes sense that this had a lot in common with TWMB though – they’re both “Assam Style” Taiwanese black teas…
One other thing worth noting: The first few infusions do have a bit of ‘bite’ to them. Not in a bad way – there’s no bitterness or soul sucking astringency. The flavour’s just quite brisk initially, or so I found.
Awesome tea though, really.