|"This tea is a real treat, with it's spectacularly sweet finish. It's definitely worth a splurge!"|
I steeped a heaping teaspoonful of leaves in 250 ml of water heated to 95 degrees Celsius for 2 minutes, according to Canton's recommendations. The dark amber cup is delicately scented with baked bread and malt notes. The top notes are mildly malty and tannic. What follows is most striking. The finish displays a distinctly sweet, fruity lift. Canton describes the taste as apricots but personally I'm leaning more towards peaches and plums. Whoever you want to believe, it's delicious! The fruit flavours linger in the aftertaste. The mouth feel is smooth and velvety, making for a decadent cup.
Canton suggests re-steeping the leaves at least 3 times. After 3 minutes, my second brew is generally more robust, with more pronounced hints of malt and caramel and a more astringent, tannic feel. The finish is also stronger, with a more distinct fruit finish.
I try a third steep following a 4 and a half minute-long infusion. The results are a little bland, especially the top notes. The smooth cocoa taste of the finish makes the cup more worthwhile though, especially as it cools.
This tea is a real treat, with it's spectacularly sweet finish. It's most flavourful as it cools, and benefits from being sipped at a slightly cooler temperature to get the full effect of the fruit notes. This offering is on the pricey side but samples sizes are available. It's definitely worth a splurge!
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