|"This addictive tea is deliciously sweet and smooth. Who could resist a mix of dark chocolate, stone fruit and toasted bread? "|
I followed the instructions provided for gong fu brewing, infusing 4 grams of leaf in 6 ounces of water, heated to 95 degrees Celsius, for 20 seconds. I’m rewarded with a dark coppery cup, bearing a delicious chocolate, burnt sugar and toast aroma. Taking a sip, the tea is sweet and smooth, tasting quite like it’s scent. There is also a lingering hint of ripe stone fruit to the finish. It’s not terribly complex but it’s yummy, light and refreshing.
The folks at Yezi Tea recommend re-steeping the leaves up to 5 times, adding 10 seconds for each subsequent brew. After 30 seconds, my second cup is just a little astringent, with some tobacco and dark chocolate note coming to the fore. The background remains sweet and sugary as before. This is my favourite infusion of the lot.
I manage to pull three more cups from the leaves. However for the 4th and 5th steeps, I added 20 and then 30 seconds to the brew time to get the most flavour possible. While it's less chocolaty, the tea remains smooth and sweet to the end. A hint of cinnamon emerges, which works well with the remaining malt and tobacco notes.
This addictive tea is deliciously sweet and smooth. Who could resist a mix of dark chocolate, stone fruit and toasted bread? It’s a little pricier than some, but entirely worth it. Plus delivery is free to the US and Canada on orders over 50$. I am definitely looking forward to trying more from this company!
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