I admit that I’ve been holding onto this sample because it baffled me. I cracked it open this morning.
Pretty sure I have not had Japanese black tea before. Silly me, I didn’t even know black tea was produced in Japan. I’m not sure I picked this sample — it may have been part of a black tea sampler grouping.
In the packet, the tea has a metallic, mineral note. This must be the “slight stone aroma.”
The note is still present in the steeped tea’s aroma, but there’s more to it. There’s a bready note as well. The tea has a lighter and redder color than black teas from China and India.
Now that I taste it, I believe I’ve had something like this before in a blend of some kind. I know I’ve had black teas that I described as having the flavor. I had to google my notes to find an example: Tavalon Earl Grey Reserve. Disappointingly, one of my notes on that tea is not accessible — I click on the “1 more” and it takes me back to the main page.
In any case, I get the same flavor from this that I did from that (minus the bergamot), and I didn’t love that. Nor do I care for this one. It shall be sipped down sooner rather than later.
Merry Christmas to those celebrating.
Flavors: Bread, Metallic, Mineral, Potato, Wet Rocks