|"The add-ins are great, but the base tea is just OK."|
The leaves of this blend are a dusty brown, mid-sized, curled. There’s some bites of dried almonds and whatnot, and it smells amazing. I brew a teaspoon with boiling water for four minutes and get a rich amber-brown liquor that smells mildly sweet with the rich fishy/earthy scent of the puerh.
At first the tea is disappointing. The caramel is mostly in the aftertaste. It’s a brilliantly sweet, nutty aftertaste, but at first it’s the only really delicious part of the tea. But as I sip, the sweetness grows, building on itself into something more obviously sweet and much more pleasant. So in the end the caramel toffee flavour is there, and that helps a lot, but that brings me to the base tea.
It isn’t a bad base tea, but it isn’t great. Maybe it’s just personal preference, but I expected a smooth, mild base puerh. But while it’s got a pleasant earthiness, it’s surprisingly acidic and not particularly smooth. When I think about caramel toffee, I think smooth and sweet, and this cup only has half of that down. I steep again and get a milder cup, though very similar to the first.
In short, the add-ins are great, but the base tea is just OK. I wasn’t in love with this tea, but I got a few samples from The Whistling Kettle, and this was my least favourite. I found the other teas I tried more enjoyable, so even though this wasn’t a great sample, I’m not turned off of this company.
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