|"Buttery and slightly spicy. Warm and comforting."|
I found that a rather poetic and descriptive name for these large, balled leaves of deep green, swirled with neon yellow. The dry leaf had very little aroma, but once I added the prescribed 185 degree water, it released an intense, butter and honeysuckle perfume.
I brewed it for 2 to 3 minutes, using a teaspoon of leaves per six ounces of water. It was pleasant, but had no aftertaste or bite to it. Since I prefer a full and lingering mouth, I let it steep for 5 minutes. It brightened right up, unleashing astringent and spicy-sweet notes, suggestive of a mild cinnamon.
If you like a more delicate flavor that finishes without a trace, you'll enjoy several, shorter infusions that were more flower-like, less buttery, but altogether sweet and refreshing. Using about two teaspoons of leaves per 6 ounce cup will give you about three light batches. A longer, stronger flavor lasts half as long.
Such an elegant tea tastes more expensive than it is. I think it's a gift everyone should give themselves and others. I rate it a 9.
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