|"It's vegetal with a honey sweetness and a beautiful, clean finish."|
I steep one teaspoon leaf at 205° for 4 minutes. The liquor reminds me of guayusa - It's a deep, murky, grey-brown-green. It smells weak, though mostly like a vegetal Chinese green.
The flavour is good but very subtle. It's vegetal with a honey sweetness and a beautiful, clean finish. My five-minute 212° second steep smells even better than the first. It's slightly bitter but substantially more flavourful than the first. Again, it is vegetal with honey notes and a clean finish. There's a touch of pine sharpness cutting through the other, milder flavours. I prefer this at a higher temperature, since it pulls out more depth of flavour.
It's a good tea, but is it unique? It is in spirit, though it isn't particularly unique tasting. It is a weird dichotomy between the dark-coloured leaf and the lighter flavour, though each individually isn't so brilliant or strange that I'm swooning. I knew what was coming, so that took away the surprise factor, but I imagine you could surprise your tea-loving friends with this deceptive leaf. It's definitely worth trying at least once, and I'm glad I finally got the chance. I recommend it for no other reason than it's really very cool.
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