beerandbeancurd coming to the rescue this evening :) Thank you.
I’ve had bitter melon before, prepared at a Chinese restaurant, and it is certainly among the most bitter things I’ve tasted. This tea is nothing of the sort. It’s all roasted tieguanyin with an I-don’t-know-what quality provided by the bitter melon rind.
More aromatic than flavorful. In the nose I get a mix of peppery/nutty/chocolatey/fruity aromas underpinned by smooth smoke and flicks of incense. Body is thin but pleasant. Watery TCM comes to mind but with thin, sweet fruity tastes while also being very twiggy. Ever had Kashi GoLean cereal?
This tea is comforting in a dry and in a sweet twigs and berries kind of way.
Flavors: Acidic, Blueberry, Caramel, Chestnut, Chocolate, Dried Fruit, Drying, Fruity, Grapes, Incense, Jam, Mint, Pepper, Roasty, Smoke, Strawberry, Sweet, Tangy, Thin, Toast, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Twigs, Watery, Woody