|"A rich action packed black tea of yore."|
As with the scent the color is also rich in the traditions of fine leather, with supple browns, light tans, and ruddy purples. The leaves were tightly curled little crisp spears, surprisingly consistent and unfragmented considering all the dangers of shipping. The leaves unfolded showing only slight tearing and breakage, but otherwise looked like soft brown little leaf-rags as you'd expect. The smell deepens and grows richer as color slowly steeps into the water, your most definitely going to keep things rolling for the full five minutes, this is a fairly slow brewing black tea, and it seems to segment the water in sunset like waves of amber and red, requesting a sharing pitcher for a more even flavor.
It smothers the tongue in a miniature replication of Assam, but with a slightly sweet wisp of an almost Ceylon flavor. The flavor lasted well into the third or fourth steep, and was appreciated each time. A beer drinker could easily discern the malt on the tongue, and a wine lover will no doubt discern "black currants" even if they've never actually had the fruit, but what really shines through is the tongue smothering tannin beauty that is black tea. Start a pot, open a good action packed work of classical literature, or scientific romance, and enjoy.
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