Last one from Harney & Sons! The leaves of this tea are somewhat small, but nowhere near as broken as the Assam I just tasted. Their color is a medium chocolate brown. Dry scent is mildly malty and sweet with a little bit of floral presence.
The steeped tea smells extremely floral in a jasmine sort of way. It’s a pleasant aroma, but not what I expected! Whoa, this is an interesting tea! I seems to be somewhat similar to Darjeeling, but without the astringency and tendency to go bitter. There’s a strong herb-like note that’s reminding me of rosemary. I can also taste that floral note from the aroma, but it’s quite soft and not at all overpowering. The base for these flavors is smooth and somewhat bready perhaps? Definitely a light-bodied tea with a lot of top notes. I like this one, even though it was totally unexpected. :) There’s a tiny bit of astringency that develops as I continue to sip.
Flavors: Bread, Herbs, Jasmine, Pine, Smooth, Sweet