Aha! so now the infamous marinade tea – I do get what others have been saying about the dry leaf smelling like foodstuffs, like crisps or marinade..
After really trying to rack my brains I realised I am smelling oregano or Italian mixed herbs (a bit like sage & thyme maybe?) from the steeped leaf. From the liquor it is much less pronounced but still there. It tastes like hot Italian herb tea! But not in a bad way at all, I really quite liked it, it reminded me of craft gins that are infused with english herbs, and made me feel nice, like I was drinking something natural & healthy. This theme carried on through the session, & as I lean to the light & flashy side of brewing I’m appreciating the herbiness more than I thought I would.
Bascially herby all round, also a dry woody taste. When the leaf opens the dong ding comes through a bit & there is a slight perfume aroma appearing in the liquor. Basically it stayed pretty similar throughout the 10 or so steeps I gave it, just gradually losing herb strength. I preferred the later ones because I could taste that slightly thick dong ding flavour marrying with the cypress a bit more. I would have liked it more if these tastes were stronger earlier to balance the cypress. I did enjoy it though, felt like healthy herb tea.
I have read reports that Cypress oil reduces obesity in mice, so this is a proven weight loss tea! – Andrew, your marketing department needs to learn a thing or two from the Chinese on Aliexpress :lol:
Flavors: Herbaceous, Herbs, Sage, Thyme