The scent of this tea is delicious: Chocolate and sweet potato. Sipping… a little more astringent than I expected. The astringency is consistent throughout the sip and reminds me a bit of cocoa powder. There are definitely tones of dark chocolate in this cup. Slurping brings out more of the sweet potato. It also becomes a little bit more malty, too. I also taste some kind of a soapy and toasty floral note. It’s strange because it reminds me of perfume, but the toasty element is what keeps it from becoming too strong.
This is a tasty cup and I will certainly finish the rest of the pouch that I have, but it’s not my favorite black tea from Verdant.