|"I'm hard-pressed to use a taster note like "chewy". Steaks are chewy. Wookies are "Chewie". Teas are not. Well, I stand corrected, this drink was chewy."|
The dry presentation of this sample consisted of curled, dark brown tea leaves with flecks of lighter colored ones interspersed throughout. Scent-wise, the batch was like molasses in leaf form; a faint odor of oatmeal, slightly earthy, malty. To put it more geekily, I was reminded of Yoda having chocolate ice cream in the middle of the Dagobah swamp.
The Teas Etc site recommended brewing 1 tsp per 8oz of boiling water for four-to-five minutes. (I did just that, but with 16oz.)
The shade of the liquor was peculiar. The red this came to was unique and robust. I actually had to look it up, hold the drink up to the computer screen to compare. What an odd statement to say it came out "rufous".
I'm hard-pressed to use a taster note like "chewy". Steaks are chewy. Wookies are "Chewie". Teas are not. Well, I stand corrected, this drink was chewy. Malty. Thick. Barrel-chested, hair-on-the-pecs hearty. A bit dry at the end. I feel like I should be having a cigar with this.
I should also say that the flavor was multi-faceted, since "kicked-my-ass" is not a flavor. This is the second manliest tea I've ever tried. First being Lapsang Souchong. Smell could only be described as smoked, dark unsweetened chocolate that's been put over a roaster.
Unlike other black teas, the second steeping was nearly as strong. And while they recommend that it can go well with cream and sweetener, I say go a little light on the creamer. There's so much to be enjoyed without cutting it with something milk-like. Opt for some vanilla instead...but only if you want to be labeled a sissy.
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