Thank you Vicony Teas for the free sample!
The dried leaves were dark black with some bits of gold showing on some of the tips. They were very thin and smaller than other black teas. Their scent was of malt and perhaps like cinnamon. The brewed leaves smelled floral, malty, chocolaty, and savory.
The brewed tea was amber brown. It tasted floral and malty with a chocolate finish. The flavor was very light and delicate. Each sip had a very long lasting aftertaste.
This brew brought on notes of grapes and wine. This steeping was also floral and fruity.
What a delicate Hong Cha. This tea would go great at any time of day.