Still some prominent floweriness despite the roast. Viscous and sweet, complex chestnut-flavor soup with a brisk tannic quality. Extra-strong aftertaste lingers though sometimes it can lean a little too drying like a greenish banana. Returning sweetness develops from the throat, like the Maillard reaction and sugary toasted coconut chips. I feel my ears and sinuses open up with cooling sensation. Seamless.
I chuckled a little at Song Tea’s galangal descriptor. After sitting here a while with the aftertaste, I think it’s apt. Not the sharp heat and pungency of ginger, but something more mellow and earthy, piney. I will say I don’t enjoy the tea as much with their recommended parameters, so I’m glad there is versatility with this leaf.
Flavors: Banana, Brisk, Burlap, Caramelized Sugar, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Coconut, Drying, Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Ginger, Honeysuckle, Mango, Perfume, Pine, Plumeria, Rice, Sweet, Tannin, Viscous, Walnut