|"It has a nutty, sweet flavour, like candied pecans."|
I put 1 tablespoon of the deep brown, small rolled leaves into a 6-ounce teapot then steep at 200° for 50 seconds. I get a pale amber liquor with a brilliant, nutty scent. It's medium-bodied and smooth with a soft mouthfeel. It has a nutty, sweet flavour, like candied pecans. There's a citrus acidity with a mild woodiness that turns into a strong roasted woodiness in the aftertaste. There's a sweet, lingering finish. It's a complex cup but surprisingly easy to drink.
My 40-second second steep is not as sweet as the first, but it's picked up a mild creaminess. There's a slight smokiness that blends with the wood notes nicely. I get a total of 7 steeps from the leaf, at 50 seconds, 60s, 70s, 90s, and 2 minutes.
I next try this coldbrewed, adding 1.5 Tablespoons to 50 ounces tap water then letting it sit overnight. It, unsurprisingly, lacks the complexity of my hot steeps, but a little leaf goes a surprisingly long way. It's nutty, sweet, and extremely refreshing.
This is a versatile leaf, good either hot or cold. It's relatively easy to make, despite its complexity. Another 'must buy' from Naivetea.
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