This is another one I got from Wombatgirl.
I didn’t read the description of it first, and I didn’t consider the fact that balls need time to unfurl as well as steep for the best result, so the first steep of this was rather on the weakling side.
The second steep, however, seems to be very similar, only not weak. There is a fair hint of dark cocoa in the aroma, although not as much as I find in a Certain Other Part of China. ;) It smells very smooth and chocolate-y. Smells a bit creamy even.
There’s a nice cocoa-y flavour to it as well, but it’s not the dominant flavour. You know how this one has the word ‘red’ in the name? Well it has a reddish brown sort of flavour too. It’s not bright red, it’s more like a reddish kind of wood colour. And yes, flavours can have colours. Other than its colour, however, I’m having a hard time really identifying it. It’s sort of slightly wooden, slightly spicy and maybe a teeeeeeensy bit semi-cinnamon-y.
Yes, the more I taste it, the more convinced I am that it’s got a cinnamon-esque quality.
That’s interesting because I don’t usually care much for cinnamon in tea, but I’m surprisingly pleased with this cinnamon-y-ness.
These balls are very nice indeed. And I have only used half of the ones I was given. Win. :D