|"The flavour is decadent."|
Aside from being a new hybrid, this is also exciting in that black teas from Taiwan are somewhat rare. The leaves are huge, twisted black with streaks of copper throughout. I steep a tablespoon in 8 ounces 200 degree water for two minutes. The cup has a beautiful rich amber liquor and smells like a malty molasses.
The flavour is decadent. It coats the mouth, allowing the flavour to linger on. It's hard to compare to other teas because it's not quite like anything else I've tried, but there are individual flavours aplenty coming from this leaf. I get hints of smokiness, brown sugar, berry, malt, molasses, and rhutabega. It's rich, robust, hearty, and somewhat sweet. It's a complex cup with a myriad of flavours that dance across the palate and blend together perfectly. On top of all this, the tea is supremely smooth, lacking both bitterness and astringency.
I resteep the leaves at 195 for four minutes. This cup doesn't have the depth or decadence of the first, but it is still excellent and well worth the re-infusion, which is always a bonus. This is truly a special tea, and I definitely plan on trying it again next year. I imagine it is going to be a new perennial favourite.
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