Ok, it’s time to write the review of this one…. after two days of drinking the same leaves. What they say is true. This tea just goes on and on and on.
The dry leaves sweet aroma reminded me of Silver Needle but without vegetal notes and with much more depth. No wonder… the leaves are really buds, they are all buds and they are beautiful!
I used 1 gram of leaves for 1 ounce of water ratio and steeped about 4.5 grams. Steeped for just about 4 seconds the first time and then 10/15/30/30 etc… I drank about 5 steeps the first day and then several more the next. I’m still not done with it, I’ve added it to one of my flavoured black teas for some desert drinking later on.
Throughout the steeps the tea was full of body to the point that it actually surprised me especially through the later steeps. I couldn’t believe how much I was getting out of this one. I usually steep my teas around 4 times before I get tired and move on, but for some reason I couldn’t do that with this one. It was just too much left in the leaves… it demanded to be drank again and again. The flavours that really stood out for me were honey and sweet potato. During the second steep I detected cocoa and coffee notes which disappeared in the third steep and were replaced by extra full bodied mouth feel and some maltiness. I have to say 2nd and 3rd steep stood out the most for me because they were just so different.
Overall this tea deserves all the praise it is getting. I’m so glad I got couple of ounces when I had a chance and I will cherish them for as long as I can.
Flavors: Cocoa, Honey, Sweet Potatoes