|"This is a solid offering, featuring lots of malt, roasted squash and honey tones. Its light feel and narrow range of flavours make it a good candidate for those looking for a mild, naturally sweet black tea."|
I brewed this tea according to Teasenz’s recommendations. I infused 1 heaping teaspoonful in 250ml of water heated to 95 degrees Celsius for 3 minutes. The bright, rusty red cup has a burnt sugar and malt scent. Taking a sip, the flavours are very sweet and nutty. Roasted squash and honey dominate in a somewhat one-dimensional manner. Things get better as it cools, the profile getting more varied and creamier in feel. It’s good but I find myself wishing for a broader range of savoury notes to go along with the sweet ones.
I brew the leaves again for 4 minutes. The cup is more robust this time, with wood and tobacco notes chiming in, especially as it cools. Some pleasant sweet potato tones also make an appearance in the finish. This steep is definitely more satisfying to my taste.
A third cup is also pleasant, following a 6 minute-long steep. The flavours are increasingly spicier, with cinnamon, anise, and fennel coming forward. The tea is also earthier, like a very, very mild puerh.
After a 9 minute-long brew, a fourth cup is still drinkable. It’s really nothing to write home about, just some mild malt notes. However there is no bitterness or astringency present. I would most likely forgo it next time.
This is a solid offering, featuring lots of malt, roasted squash and honey tones. However, it has a very light feel and narrow range of flavours. In the future I would brew it with more leaves or less water, to try to coax a fuller profile. It’s also on the pricey side. I’m not sure I would buy this leaf for myself, but I can recommend it to those looking for a mild, naturally sweet black tea.
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