I’ve had this tea for well over a year and I still don’t know what I think about it. I’ve had it gong fu and western, and I think it’s too drying when I do it wrong. It’s rich and floral and stemmy for a black tea, heavy in the malt, chrysanthemum, and lychee departments. Of course it’s body is viscous and incredibly, but the chrysanthemum note throws me off and hedges on bitter. It’s more dehydrating compared to my other black teas, which is surprising because this one is described as a smoother tea overall by other reviewers on instagram and by the site. I contemplated sending a sample of this one to Derk and Leafhopper, yet it’s so finicky. I finally nailed down making it in my mug western for about 2-3 minutes, light on leaves no more than 3-4 grams.
Flavors: Chrysanthemum, Dried Fruit, Drying, Floral, Lychee, Malt, Plum, Tannin, Twigs