I’ve been having a problem reading my NOTICES section since Friday, so now I have 40 unread! I wish this was fixed. Anywho, I also thought that meant I couldn’t post reviews, but here I am posting a review.
I have a another problem. I tend to save samples, especially if a special tea is sold out! It’s weird I know, but thankfully I was coaxed into drinking this one. :)) Let me start by saying this tea looked and smelled amazing!! Dry leaves are beige/brown spirals smelling of intense chocolate aroma, with an earthy back note. Watching the full leaves unfurl in glass is just beautiful. Cup color is medium dark brown-but was lighter along my cups edge.
The wet leaves smelled like Autumn leaves with a burnt brown sugar sweetness. As the leaves cooled, the Fall leaf aroma intensified, while the sweetness mellowed to the background. Smelling above the glass rim, I got some oxygen, mixing with the fall leaf aroma, reminding me of walking through piles of leaves on a cool, crisp autumn day! Totally immersing my sniffer, I got full blown fall leaf aroma. After cooling further, the fall leaf aroma gave way to an earthy mushroom aroma. Finally I took the wet leaves to my nose and sniffed deeply. I smelled fall leaves with a sweet note….but something deeper…like burning leaves. AMAZING!!
The cup itself was more earthy, with mushrooms, and a honey/woody sweetness. The flavor was fantastic-like fall leaves in a cup, with a mellow earthiness, and slight mushrooms. I’ve never done it, but it tastes like eating fall leaves. :)) A very full mouth feel, the flavors stay on the palate a long time!
A total, complete, multi-layered tea experience for the eyes, nose, tongue, and throat! I could go broke drinking this tea…….should have bought more. :-/ WAIT!! WHAT IS THIS? My tea is gone, but I can still smell Autumn in my cup! WOW! Post cup aromatics. Now that’s a perfect tea experience! :))
Cupped: Friday, January 13, 2012.
Reviewed: Monday, January 16, 2012.