Thick taste and full mouth feel. I see those hints of chocolate described.
It has that acrid undertone of blacks, in this one it is quiet. It’s just a touch at the base of the flavor.
Since the format of the new review popup doesn’t allow for decimals I’m going to start listing at the top my steeping info: 4.5g to 12oz of filtered water for 3 minutes.
Something makes me think of the dark flavor of the skin of red sweet cherries. Not the fruit themselves, just the skin.
Greens that are dark like broccoli or collards mixed with a brown dress.
Light sweetness in the back upper right of the throat.
It rolls over the tongue in texture and flavor in a very nice way and the first sip hits your mouth hard.
The flavor comes up from the mouth into the sinuses in a way you can physically feel. The finish is about medium-long and focuses on the brown dress and black of charcoal or lava fields. That is what the brown is, largely: that of the trees I’ve seen left over in the lava fields I’ve walked.
It’s a very strong and rounded tea in each sip. All dark tones in taste, but a very enjoyable mix of them. Balanced. Rich, I’d call it.
Am gonna resteep a coupla times for more impressions, but on first steep this is easily a new favorite I may need to buy for home beyond my samples.
Thinking on it further, part of what I’m tasting in the finish is the flavor of redwood trees. Both the look and the actual taste when you put a bit of the bark in your mouth.
I found I had to send the email suggesting flavors on trying to add them on this review.
Flavors: Bark, Broccoli, Green, Thick