I used up all of my sample, brewed rather nonchalantly in my 12.85 oz travel tea mug—“Western-style”. But quickly “rinsed” once in boiling water.
Soothing, soft, “veggie” aroma overlaid with holly berries.
First sip when piping hot = stewed, buttery green beans and ivy.
Further sips = woodsy, mushrooms. Pleasant and smooth. Reminiscent of the comforting aroma of the inside of a vintage applewood wardrobe ala “The Chronicles of Narnia”. I’m not sure how I’m envisioning this, but I am.
More sips = mulch, bark and sweet clover. Still very soothing. Calming.
Upon cooldown: Button mushrooms, brisk, tannic, vines, earth. Hints of walnuts, soy sauce and vinegar. Slight echoes of a sandalwood fan. Wet limestone. Emerging bitterness.
Overall: Aromatic, savory, flavorful, astringent.