450 Tasting Notes
1 tablespoon for 375ml
Scent is plum-sweet, leathery and slightly mineral.
Mild, hint of mint flavour (hopefully not from cross contamination of other teas). Slight charcoal flavour. End of sip reminds me of milk. Plum sweetness. Dark chocolate hint.
Second infusion at 4 minutes. Hint of violet floral flavour.
1 tablespoon for 248 ml
Charred note in the aroma. Leafy herb note- reminiscent of cilantro. Sourness.
The charred note carries into the flavour but isn’t as intense as in the aroma- it is very well balanced in the flavour profile, maybe only slight overpowering. The leafy herb note takes more of a vegetal flavour in the background. There is a mineral sweet note near the end of the sip with a slight floral hint. Mouthfeel is slightly brothy. I’m also detecting a custard-like note. I’m also noticing the peach that was mentioned in some other tasting notes. Only slight astringency which mixes well with the rest of the flavours.
This tea reminds me of walking through crunchy leaves in the fall.
Second infusion at 5 minutes. Buttery quality. There is still the charred flavour present but it isn’t as prevalent as in the first infusion. There is an undertone of classic oolong flavour; the grapefruit note that I find with a lot of oolongs.
Third infusion at 6 minutes. The charcoal flavour is subdued and the mineral flavour really pops.
1.3 tablespoons for 318 ml of water
Strong mint flavour. Black tea astringency (a little overwhelming) which blends with the chocolate flavour making it like a dark chocolate. Chocolate itself is quite mild but is reminiscent of Double Chocolate Decadence by 52teas and chocolate cake batter.
As with most black 52teas, the flavour seems to improve as the tea cools.
Thanks to Sil for letting me take a sample!