|"This is a highly enjoyable tea when properly brewed, perfect for a morning cup or a re-energizing late afternoon or evening boost."|
The delicately sweet aroma of this tea in the bag is intoxicating. I found myself like a dangerous teenage gas huffer, with my nose in the bag for a good 5 minutes, trying to capture the scent as much as possible and getting bummed when it became less intense after several sniffings. If it wasn't such a waste of fine tea (or so pricey) I'd make a car freshener sachet out of this stuff.
I first brewed this tea at a slightly-lower temp (190-degrees) for just 3 minutes, and I found it to be very nice. My second cupping was at the sommelier's recommended full 212-degree boil for a full 5 minutes. I found the results to be quite bitter, and perhaps the reason why the sommelier's notes also recommend "with a bit of sugar"! My third cupping, I reverted back to the initial cooler brew temp and shorter time, and again, the results were very nice and smooth. I heartily recommend 190-195 degrees and a 3 to 3.5 minute brew time, tops.
Flavor-wise, Tavalon reports a musky flavor, which I find to be present behind oaky and very slight cocoa notes. Different flavors seem to touch each section of taste buds playfully, with even semi-sweet tones at times - especially sweet lingering in the aftertaste. This is a highly enjoyable tea, perfect for a morning cup or a re-energizing late afternoon or evening boost.
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