|"The scent of the brewed tea is lightly astringent, a little sweet and somehow a little earthy. These characteristics are reflected pleasantly in flavor as well."|
I used 2 tsp of this leaf in 8 ounces of water, steeping four minutes in water just off boiling. The scent of the brewed tea is lightly astringent, a little sweet and somehow a little earthy. These characteristics are reflected pleasantly in flavor as well. Light, fresh and mildly astringent, with a slight earthy quality I placed this tea somewhere in the midst of a Darjeeling and an Indian style black tea to satisfy my comparing mind. There were no green elements to the taste but there was a wonderful complexity and layered quality to the flavors that reminded me of a Darjeeling, yet the taste is more darkly developed than that. The taste is more delicate and playful than a robust assam or other Indian Black. Each sip is freshly and interestingly sweet and slightly sour with a fine, gentle astringency that comes off as a clean finish.
I did prefer steeping 2 tsp of this leaf to 8 ounces of water rather than one. The leaves are large and the higher ratio of leaves brings out a deeper red brown radiance to the brewed leaf that is stunning to behold. I also found that more leaf developed the sweet and to my taste slightly (and deliciously) sour notes.
I found this to be a fresh and interesting tea.
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