|"I could see from my first sip just why this company is able to charge top dollar for their teas. Flavors of malt, honey and dark baker's chocolate explode over the tongue."|
The tea that I am trying today doesn't exactly seem to fit as this company strives for authentic traditional teas and this tea was invented only 10 years ago. It is also one of very few teas which are blends, being a combination of standard Keemum black tea and Biluochun green tea.
My first thought when examining the leaves was how delicate the leaves appear to be. Thin, wiry and rather long, they are mostly black in color with a few golden ones added the mix. I'm not really seeing any green tea leaves. The aroma is a blend of malt and spice. Definitely intriguing.
I set the leaves up to using 195 degree water and a steep time of 2 minutes. The resulting liquor is a dark reddish brown. The fragrance has changed to one of malt and chocolate.
I could see from my first sip just why this company is able to charge top dollar for their teas. Flavors of malt, honey and dark baker's chocolate explode over the tongue. The mid-notes are smokey with a touch of spice while a bit of dryness along with a lingering aftertaste of dark chocolate finish out each sip. This is truly a black tea to sip and savor.
Now the question of whether I would purchase this tea for myself. Probably not simply because this website doesn't have a currency converter. They state that they sell worldwide so adding one would be a nice touch to attract purchasers like myself who want to know upfront the cost of each tea in a currency that I am familiar with. Since our ratings are based on whether we would purchase the tea ourselves, this has brought down the rating some.
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